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ENGS 136 – Shakespeare and Comedy

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: Shakespeare and Comedy: This course will explore four of Shakespeare’s most important plays—A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and The Tempest—in the context of comedy as both a genre and a philosophical concept (I use the word philosophical in its broadest possible sense). Along with those plays, we will also read and / or watch other works (plays, films, literary criticism, philosophical texts) that help us to understand “comic experience” (or, conversely, might problematize whatever notions we think we have). Other primary texts will include at least some of the following: Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard, Woody Allen’s Shadows and Fog, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez’s “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World,” Chaucer’s “The Miller’s Tale,” Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot.

CRN: 11896

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 39/40

Days Time Location
MWF 10:50 - 11:40 LAFAYETTE HALL L200

Instructor(s): Andrew Thomas Barnaby

Meeting Dates: 17 Jan 2017 - 05 May 2017