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ENGS 136 – Shakespeare and Tragedy

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Examines Shakespeare's works in intellectual, historical, aesthetic contexts. Topics: Shakespeare and Philosophy; Engendering Shakespeare; Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama. May be repeated for credit with different content. Pre/co-requisite: Three hours in English courses numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096; Sophomore standing.

Section Description: ENGLISH 136: Shakespeare and Tragedy Spring 2015 Andrew Barnaby This course will explore three of Shakespeare’s most famous works—Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear—in the context of tragedy as both a literary and a philosophical concept (I use the word philosophical in its broadest possible sense; we will see that it encompasses everything from ethics to political history and theory to psychoanalysis to gender studies to religion and religious history to anthropology). Along with those plays, we will also read and / or watch other works (plays, films, literary criticism, philosophical texts) that help us to understand “tragic experience” (or, conversely, might problematize whatever notions we think we have). Other primary texts will include: Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Euripides’ The Bacchae, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and the Book of Job. Critical / theoretical texts will include (either as the full text or as selections from): Aristotle’s Poetics, Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy, Rene Girard’s Violence and the Sacred, Stephen Booth’s King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition, and Tragedy, Janet Adelman’s Suffocating Mothers, and Stanley Cavell’s Disowning Knowledge.

CRN: 14356

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 37/40

Days Time Location
TR 14:30 - 15:45 LAFAYETTE HALL L102

Instructor(s): Andrew Thomas Barnaby

Meeting Dates: 12 Jan 2015 - 29 Apr 2015