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Spring 2017-2018
* COM 212 / THR 212 / ENG 425 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Learning Shakespeare by Doing

Leonard Barkan

A course on works of dramatic literature whose comparative dimension is theatrical performance. We will consider four Shakespeare plays covering a range of theatrical genres; the emphasis will be on the ways in which Shakespearean meaning can be elucidated when the reader becomes a performer. Students will move from the reading/performing of individual speeches to the staging of scenes to the question of how an overall theatrical conception for a play might be a key to the fullest understanding of the text. Students will write papers about their readings and performances; grades will be based on both the writing and the performing.

Sample reading list:
Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare, Richard II
Shakespeare, Othello
Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Plays
Davies, Performing Shakespeare

Reading/Writing assignments:
Four Shakespeare plays, short outside reading, three short papers, one final paper

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43359 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Wallace Dance Building and The   W215   Enrolled:12 Limit:11 Closed