THEA 320 Fall 2012 Shakespeare's Othello (D)

Cross Listed as ENGL320
One of the most problematic and controversial as well as amazing Shakespearean plays is Othello. This sensational tragedy, full of breathtakingly beautiful poetry, dramatizes disturbing forces of race, gender, and class, and still disturbs and terrifies audiences. Besides generating much valuable critical commentary, some of which we will read, Othello has inspired memorable theatrical productions and remarkable films, featuring Laurence Olivier, Paul Robeson, Orson Welles, James Earl Jones, Laurence Fishburn, and Kenneth Branagh. We will consider the play in very close detail, scene by scene, contemplate theatrical and dramatic possibilities, discuss critical and theoretical analyses, and debate interpretations. The course will be run as a seminar, and requires a substantial term paper, to be developed in conferences with the instructor.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: regular participation in seminar discussions, class presentations, memorization, a 12-page term paper
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Prerequisites: English 201 or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: English majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses,ENGL Literary Histories A
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1607
THEA320-01(F) SEM Shakespeare's Othello (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Robert H. Bell
MW 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Hopkins Hall 105 1607
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