English 117S

Shakespeare


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2014 Arnold, Oliver
MW 10-11 + discussion sections F 10-11 101 Barker

Book List

Shakespeare, William: The Norton Shakespeare

Description

Shakespeare's poems and plays are relentlessly unsettling, crazy beautiful, deeply moving, rigorously brilliant, and compulsively meaningful: they complicate everything, they simplify nothing, and for 400 years, they have been a touchstone--indeed, something like an obsession--for literary artists from Milton to Goethe to George Eliot to Joyce to Brecht to Zukofsky to Sarah Kane and for philosophers and theorists from Hegel to Marx to Freud to Derrida to Lacan to Kristeva to Zizeck. We will be especially concerned with five large issues: compassion; political representation and its discontents; the nature of identity and subjectivity; colonialism; and the relation between the ways Shakespeare's plays make meaning and the ways they produce emotional experience. Our readings will include Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest.

I have ordered the second edition of The Norton Shakespeare (ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al.). If you already own another complete Shakespeare (e.g., The Riverside, The Pelican, the first edition of The Norton Shakespeare, etc.), you are welcome to use it for this course. Good single-play editions--Signet, Folger, Arden, Oxford World Classics, Pelican--would also serve you well.

Please note that this class will first meet on Wednesday, September 3; discussion sections will not start being held unitl Friday, September 5.

Discussion Sections

201 Miller, Jasmin
F 10-11 175 Barrows
202 Mead, Christopher
F 10-11 110 Wheeler
203 Garcia, Marcos Albert
F 10-11 110 Wheeler

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