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Fall 2017
Sep 25, 2017
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ENGL 114 - Shakespeare and the Other
Shakespeare and the Other asks how it is that some of Shakespeare’s most memorable “others”—his stigmatized and unruly women, a money-lending Jew, a noble African, and a New World cannibal—speak themselves so powerfully from the stage of an essentially conservative society. It asks students to consider whether these voices are silenced or otherwise contained when the texts conclude. In addition, through a combination of close reading and performance review, we will observe to what extent and in what way the choices made by actors and directors change our understanding of these characters, their motives, and their social identities. These wonderful plays present human experience both in its most particular and its most enduring form—in Shakespeare’s plays, “all the world’s a stage, and the stage is world. Students will view several performances on the screen and at least one, possibly two, on the stage, depending on what’s available in Washington over the course of the semester. The main menu? The most likely list would include Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice, Othello, the Tempest, and All’s Well that Ends Well. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

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