ENGL 201 Spring 2014 Shakespeare, Blood and Guts

In 1600 a Londoner looking for distraction could stroll to Tyburn and, for a small fee, secure a seat at a public execution. Or he could swing by Southwark to see a blind bear attacked by dogs. Or he could drop in at the Globe for a play of Shakespeare's. In this course we will consider works that address an audience primed for cruelty. The plays we read will include, Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Othello, Lear, and Hamlet. We will also watch films adaptations - Julie Taymor's Titus, Richard Loncraine's Richard III-- and discuss the differences between early modern and contemporary ideas about violence.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers and a final exam
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: first-year students who have placed out of a 100-level English course
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3676
ENGL201-01(S) SEM Shakespeare, Blood and Guts Division 1: Languages and the Arts John E. Kleiner
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Griffin 2 3676
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