WGSS 206
Shakespeare, Sex, and Power Spring 2015
Division II
Cross-listed WGSS 206 / ENGL 201
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 3550
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 5-page papers and a final exam
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 Preferences: ENGL and WGSS majors and potential majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 206 Division II ENGL 201 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A

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