English 117S

Shakespeare


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2016 Arnold, Oliver
MW 11-12 + discussion sections F 11-12 3 LeConte

Book List

Recommended: Shakespeare, William: The Norton Shakespeare (ed., Stephen Greenblatt, et al)

Description

Shakespeare’s poems and plays are relentlessly unsettling, extravagantly 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 Emily Dickinson to Joyce to Brecht to Zukofsky to Toni Morrison and for philosophers and theorists from Hegel to Marx to Freud to Derrida to Lacan 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, Coriolanus, and The Tempest.

I have ordered the third edition of The Norton Shakespeare (ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al) in a two-volume format (The Early Plays and The Late Plays).  If you already own another complete Shakespeare (e.g., The Riverside, The Pelican, the first or second edition of The Norton Shakespeare, etc.), you are welcome to use it for this course.

Discussion Sections

101 Clark, Rebecca
MWF 11-12 103 Moffitt
102 Wilson, Evan
F 11-12 141 Giannini
103 Emerson, Maude
F 11-12 101 Wurster

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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summer, 2018

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fall, 2017

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spring, 2017

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