English 117S

Shakespeare


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2019 Arnold, Oliver
Lectures MW 12-1 in 2060 Valley LSB + one hour of discussion section per week in various locations (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 12-1; sec. 103: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 104: Thurs. 3-4; sec. 105: Thurs. 4-5; sec. 106: Thurs. 4-5) 2060 Valley LSB

Book List

Shakespeare, William : The Norton Shakespeare (3rd edition)

Description

Shakespeare’s poems and plays are relentlessly unsettling, sublimely 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, from George Eliot to Proust, from Emily Dickinson to Louis Zukofsky, from Brecht to Sarah Kane; and for philosophers and theorists such as Hegel, Marx. Freud, Derrida, Kristeva, Lacan, and Zizeck.  We will be especially concerned with six large issues: compassion; political representation and its discontents; the nature of identity and subjectivity; colonialism; Shakespeare’s deviation from conventional dramatic practices;  and the relation between the ways Shakespeare’s plays make meaning and the ways they produce emotional experience.   We will read Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice,  Julius Caesar, Henry V, Hamlet, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, and The Tempest.

Discussion Sections

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