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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; minimum Sophomore standing.

Section Description: 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. 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 at least some of the following: Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Antigone, Euripides’ The Bacchae, Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies, and the Book of Job. Critical / theoretical texts will include at least some of the following (either as the full text or as selections from): Aristotle’s Poetics, Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy, Michael Goldman’s Acting and Action in Shakespearean Tragedy, and Cathy Caruth’s Unclaimed Experience.

CRN: 11657

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 30/40

Days Time Location
MWF 12:00 - 12:50 JAMES M JEFFORDS HALL 112

Instructor(s): Andrew Thomas Barnaby

Meeting Dates: 16 Jan 2018 - 04 May 2018