ENGL 311 Spring 2013 Theorizing Shakespeare

Cross Listed as WGSS311, THEA311
For complex reasons, Shakespeare has always revealed as much about those who speculate on him as the speculators have revealed about him. In this course, we will engage a few plays in considerable depth: Merchant of Venice, King Lear or Hamlet and Antony and Cleopatra. But we will also use these works as a means to engage some of the most compelling trends in recent critical thought, including cultural theory and post-Marxist analysis, political theology, deconstruction and rhetorical theory, psychoanalytic thought and theories of gender and sexuality. In some instances, we will look at applied criticism, in others we will simply place a theoretical work along side a play and see what they have to say to each other--what, for instance, would a Shakespearean reading of Jacques Lacan look like?
Class Format: discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation and 20 pages of writing in the form of two short and one longer paper
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate
Enrollment Preference: English majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or THEA; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses,ENGL Literary Histories A
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3610
ENGL311-01(S) SEM Theorizing Shakespeare Division 1: Languages and the Arts Christopher L. Pye
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Griffin 4 3610
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