Shakespeare's Macbeth: From Saga to Screen|
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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
MACBETH,ed. Caroll, with other critical and contemporary readings. Selections of film productions of the play.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Frequent responses and/or quizzes, two papers, one presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will prepare presentations on notable 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 and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations.
|Instructor(s): Friedberg,Harris A. Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 5||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 19||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 3||FR: 2|