ENGL 311
Theorizing Shakespeare
Last Offered Spring 2018
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 310 / WGSS 311 / THEA 311 / ENGL 311
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

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: The Merchant of Venice, 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 alongside a play and see what they have to say to each other, for instance, what would a Shakespearean reading of Jacques Lacan look like?
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 19
Class#: 3812
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 20 pages of writing in the form of two short and one longer paper
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: English majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 310 Division I WGSS 311 Division II THEA 311 Division I ENGL 311 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses
ENGL Literary Histories A

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