COMP 290
Shakespeare on Page, Stage and Screen: Text to Performance
Last Offered Fall 2016
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 270 / COMP 290 / THEA 260
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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Four centuries on, Shakespeare still challenges us. How should we weigh the respective claims of our own era’s concerns–with matters of gender, sexuality, race, class, or materiality, for instance-against historicist attention to the cultural, political and theatrical circumstances in which his plays were actually written? And when it comes to realizing the text in dramatic performance, such challenges–and opportunities–multiply further. Critical fidelity to Shakespeare’s times, language and theatrical milieu prioritizes a historical authenticity that can be constraining or even sterilizing, while, at the other extreme, staging the plays with the primary aim of making them “speak to our times” risks revisionary absorption in our own interests. We will focus on six Shakespeare plays, from different genres and periods of his career: Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Proceeding with each from close reading of the text, we will attend to the demands and opportunities of performance, and assess a range of recent film and stage productions.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1992
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: based on class participation, several short reading responses, and two longer papers
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre and English majors, and prospective majors
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 270 Division I COMP 290 Division I THEA 260 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A

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