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ENGS 136 – Shakespeare Our Contemporary

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 aims to explore how and why Shakespeare is still with us. It’s not only that his plays are still performed, read in schools, made into films, and the stuff of endless appropriations, parodies, and adaptations. All that happens because Shakespeare still speaks to us—he makes us aware of parts of modern experience we barely understand ourselves (and often will not admit to ourselves). We will read five of Shakespeare’s most important plays, and each play will be paired with at least one modern work: Hamlet will be read in conjunction with Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and King Lear will be matched respectively with the films Her, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Arrival (we will also read the novel House of Sand and Fog with King Lear); and we will attend a modern production of The Tempest (performed by the professional touring group Actors from the London Stage).

CRN: 15270

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 38/39

Days Time Location
TR 14:50 - 16:05 LAFAYETTE HALL L100

Instructor(s): Andrew Thomas Barnaby

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020