ENGL 393
Shakespeare, Sexuality, and History Spring 2015 Division I;
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What can Shakespeare tell us about the relationship between sexuality and history? He’s a writer of the English Renaissance so his plays might be a good place to confirm the historically changeable character of matters of gender and desire. Then again, sexuality has its own peculiar temporal logic, one that may trouble comfortable understandings of what we mean by time and history. We’ll focus on four plays in which the relations among sexuality, literature and history are particularly richly engaged: As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and Anthony and Cleopatra. We’ll read these works alongside theoretical writing on sexuality and history, with some emphasis on psychoanalytic theory.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3718
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers totaling twenty pages
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 Preference: English majors; WGSS and THEA majors
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