ENGL 312
Shakespeare and Magic Spring 2010
Division I
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The mysterious powers of magic play an important, often problematic, and always challenging role in many of Shakespeare’s plays–Puck’s flower, Othello’s handkerchief, Macbeth’s witches, Prospero’s books. But how devious–or how redemptive–are these forces? What is the audience expected to believe, question, or wonder about? How much actual power should we suppose a magician–or a witch–possesses, and what are its costs? How are the deceptions of magic like the manipulations of the theater? In this seminar we’ll look closely at the different ways magic operates in five of Shakespeare’s plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3638
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation; one short (5 page) and one long (10-15 page) paper
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I

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