THEA 340
Shakespeare on Page, Stage and Screen: Text to Performance
Last Offered Spring 2021
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 345 / THEA 340 / COMP 343
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. 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 both interpretation and performance, and assess a range of recent film and stage productions.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 5649
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Three papers ranging from 4 to 7 pages; several short reading responses and regular discussion board postings; class participation.
Prerequisites: A THEA course; a 100-level ENGL course; a score of 5 on the AP Literature exam or a 6 or 7 on the IB exam; or permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre and English majors or prospective majors
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 345 Division I THEA 340 Division I COMP 343 Division I
WS Notes: Three papers rising from 4 to 6+ pages; regular discussion board postings and several short response papers. Students will receive timely comments from the instructor on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement, and there will be opportunities for revision of submitted papers.
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A

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