English 117S

Upper Division Coursework: Shakespeare, the Self and the Theater


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2005 Altman, Joel B.
Altman, Joel
TTh 2-3:30 2060 Valley LSB

Other Readings and Media

Greenblatt, S., ed.: The Norton Shakespeare

Description

In this course we'll be studying Shakespeare's richest work in the London theater from early in his career to his retirement from the stage. We'll also read many of his sonnets, which are often linked thematically to the plays and offer tantalizing glimpses of Shakespeare imagining himself as friend, lover, poet, and actor. The lectures will focus on the way Shakespeare experimented in a variety of dramatic forms to explore issues of sexual, familial, political, social, and racial identity, and how staging and performance inflected those issues. To help visualize both the possibilities and problems of interpreting Shakespeare's texts, we'll view scenes on videotape as often as is practicable--and we'll try to leave time for some interactive conversation in class. There will be two papers, two midterms, and a final exam.

Other Recent Sections of This Course

spring, 2020

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spring, 2019

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summer, 2019

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spring, 2018

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117S/2

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summer, 2018

117S/1

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fall, 2017

117S/1

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spring, 2017

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117S/2

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