WGSS 311
Theorizing Shakespeare Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed COMP 310 / THEA 311 / ENGL 311 / WGSS 311
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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#: 3815
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 II
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL, COMP or THEA; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 310 Division I THEA 311 Division I ENGL 311 Division I WGSS 311 Division II
Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses
ENGL Literary Histories A

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