English 24

Freshman Seminar: Shakespearean Comedy: Twelfth Night

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2008 A. Nelson
M 12-1 205 Wheeler

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Twelfth Night (New Penguin Shakespeare edition).


"This seminar will investigate the nature of Shakespearean comedy in Twelfth Night, which involves disguise, cross-dressing, gender-bending, mistaken identities, and misdirected affections. The seminar will read the entire play through in the first week or two of the semester, then go through the text again scene by scene, character by character. Each participant will give one ""practice"" and one formal oral presentation to the rest of the seminar. We will also attend the production of Twelfth Night scheduled for performance by the California Shakespeare Theater in nearby Orinda (accessible by BART). Students should therefore be prepared to purchase a ticket to the play (estimate $15) in addition to the required text.

This course may not be counted as one of the twelve courses required to complete the English major."

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