WGSS 206 Spring 2015 Shakespeare, Sex, and Power

Cross Listed as ENGL201
Writing at a time of enormous social, religious, and political upheaval, Shakespeare is remarkably astute about the power of sex and the allure of power. To what extent or in what ways do his all-male cast, cross-dressed heroines, and sonnets to a young man and a dark lady embody or contest social norms, gender roles, and the power structure? Looking closely at Shakespeare's language and literary and dramatic forms, this course will examine some of his most erotic and powerful works: Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado about Nothing, Sonnets, Hamlet, Othello, and Antony and Cleopatra. We will also watch scenes from recent films to explore differences between theater and cinema, early modern and contemporary views of gender and sexuality, popular culture and high art.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two 5-page 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: ENGL and WGSS majors and potential majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3550
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WGSS 206 - 01 (S) SEM Shakespeare, Sex, and Power Division 2: Social Studies Ilona D. Bell
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM 3550 Open
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