This lecture course is designed to introduce students to the often-demanding texts of Shakespeare's plays, their major genres (comedy, history, tragedy, and romance or tragicomedy), and the contexts in which they were produced. Shakespeare's career spanned a period of remarkable social, political, religious, and economic change, including the Protestant Reformation, the transition from feudalism to mercantile capitalism, early colonialism, global trade, and the rise of the first purpose-built, commercial theaters. Innovations in dramatic form and genre, which Shakespeare helped craft, sought to make sense of these momentous shifts for a diverse public theater. The lectures assume no prior knowledge of Shakespeare or his times and are designed to illuminate the texts of the plays by examining their cultural contexts.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(THEA)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Michel de Montaigne, ESSAYS
William Shakespeare, I HENRY IV
AS YOU LIKE IT
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
THE WINTER'S TALE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Regular short response essays, one longer paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course satisfies the English Department's Literary History I requirement, and contributes to the English major Theory and Literary Forms and British Literature concentrations.
|Instructor(s): Friedberg,Harris A. Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK302; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 8||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 18||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 12||FR: 10|
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