Shakespeare's Macbeth: From Saga to Screen|
Fall 2017 not offered
A close reading of Shakespeare's play that will position the play in terms of its historical and political contexts and its relation to early modern discourses on the feminine, witchcraft, and the divinity of kings. We will begin with a consideration of the historical legends that constitute Shakespeare's "sources," then read the play slowly and closely, coupling our discussions with readings from the period, exploring how Shakespeare's contemporaries thought of the political and cultural issues raised in the play. We will then compare how our contemporaries have recast these concerns by comparing scenes from films of MACBETH from 1948 to the present.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(THEA)
MACBETH,ed. Caroll, with background materials, course packet
|Examination and Assignments: |
Frequent responses and quizzes, one paper, one paper or presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will prepare presentations on notable stage and screen productions of the play, considering performance as interpretation.
This course fulfills the Literary History I requirement of the English major and contributes to the fulfillment of the British Literature concentration.