ENGL 203
The Uses of Shakespeare Fall 2021
Division I

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The plays of Shakespeare have a performance history that is exceptionally rich and strange. In this course we will read several of the plays and look at some of the ways they have been re-imagined and restaged. We will consider the origin of the plays as popular entertainment–competing for an audience against bear-baitings and public executions. We will consider their transformation into canonical texts and their de-canonization in parodies like Dogg’s Hamlet and Drunk Shakespeare. Among the works we will read and watch are Twelfth Night, Shakespeare Behind Bars, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, The Merchant of Venice, To Be or Not to Be. Assignments will include analytical essays and creative adaptations in a variety of media.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1905
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 6-8 page papers, in-class presentation
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: first- and second-year students, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway course
Unit Notes: Gateway
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
ENGL Literary Histories A

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