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English: Shakespeare and Modern Drama

ENGS 136 OL1 (CRN: 61928)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: ENGS 320 OL1 ENGS 221 OL1

About ENGS 136 OL1

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.




Dates: May 18 - June 12, 2020; Cross listed with ENGS 221 OL1, ENGS 320 OL1

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Section Description

This course aims to explore Shakespeare's relation to modern drama, especially in the context of drama's two dominant genres, comedy and tragedy. To that end we will read four of Shakespeare's most important plays (two comedies and two tragedies) and put each in dialogue with a modern play. We will read A Midsummer Night's Dream with Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Hamlet with Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Twelfth Night with Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House, and Othello with Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman. We will also explore how dramatic form can be used to express complex ideas.

Section Expectation

The course has been designed to accommodate undergraduate students as well as graduate students, and the exact nature of the assignments will depend to a certain extent on whether students are taking the course for 100-, 200-, or 300-level credit. For all students, the course will involve regular written work (for graduate students, that writing will usually involve engaging in secondary sources), and engaged discussion. Students can also expect to do some performance work (though no previous acting skill is necessary!). What else do we expect? Student willingness to engage challenging texts, to defamiliarize previous experience, and to read aloud in class. The course is not for for anyone who doesn't like to read, think, and write.


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