Shakespeare's works emerged during a period of revolutionary social, political, religious, economic, and cultural change, including the Protestant Reformation, the rise of print culture, the transition from feudalism to mercantile capitalism, early colonialism, global trade, and the emergence of the first, purpose-built, commercial playhouses. Innovations in dramatic form and genre, which Shakespeare helped craft, sought in varying ways to make sense of these momentous shifts for diverse theater publics. Revivals and adaptations of his works on stage and screen during times of revolutionary change have rendered the Shakespearean canon a site of subsequent social and cultural contestation. This class considers the "revolutionary" dimension of four Shakespeare plays both in their own time and place, and in later theatrical and filmic productions and adaptations. We will trace first-, second-, and third-wave feminist reimaginings of "The Taming of the Shrew"; Second World War- and Vietnam War-era renderings of "Henry V"; civil rights and anti-apartheid era restagings of "Othello"; and attempts to decolonize "The Tempest."
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Play-texts and adaptations of Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, HENRY V, OTHELLO and THE TEMPEST
|Examination and Assignments: |
two short papers; class presentation; final research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History I requirement and contributes to British Lit and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major. It fulfills the Research Option for junior English majors wishing to write a senior Honors Thesis.
|Instructor(s): Korda,Natasha Times: ..T.... 07:10PM-10:00PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 9||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 0||FR: X|