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LITERATURE

LIT-232
Shakespeare FA1 (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. The course examines Shakespeare's artistic development, grappling with the issues of his day while experimenting with different dramatic and poetic forms. Rotating topics include Shakespeare and politics, philosophy, theatrical performance, queer theory, and Shakespeare's cultural and artistic legacy. Usually offered every term.

LIT-232
001
LITERATURE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Shakespeare FA1 (3)

Twelfth Night to The Tempest

This course offers a sampling of masterpieces from the second half of Shakespeare's career, including comedies, tragedies, and romances. It looks at Shakespeare as a developing artist, solving problems from one play to the next, even as it situates his work in the political and religious world of his time. The influence of Shakespeare on later art is also addressed.

LIT-232
002
LITERATURE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Shakespeare FA1 (3)

Shakespeare in Performance

This course focuses on the challenges and pleasures of taking the Bard from the page to the stage. In addition to close reading several representative plays, students examine how the performance of Shakespeare has changed since the 1950s to present. Students attend at least one show at both the Folger Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Course requirements include three short writing assignments and the performance and analysis of a 20-minute scene from one of the assigned scripts.

LIT-232
002
LITERATURE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Shakespeare FA1 (3)

Machiavellian Princes

The course addresses such questions as what makes a good leader, does Shakespeare agree with Machiavelli about the criteria of effective governance, how can strategic violence be squared against the claims of conscience, and is the personal separate from the political. Henry V, Macbeth, Cleopatra, Prospero, Henry VIII and others are the guides.

LIT-232
B01
LITERATURE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Shakespeare FA1 (3)

Love and Romance in Shakespeare

Using clips from classic films, this course explores Shakespeare's views of love and romance. Students read six plays (Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter's Tale) and various sonnets. Students make a presentation, write two short papers, and take an exam.

LIT-232
003
LITERATURE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Shakespeare FA1 (3)

Shakespeare in Performance

This course focuses on the challenges and pleasures of taking the Bard from the page to the stage. In addition to close reading several representative plays, students examine how the performance of Shakespeare has changed since the 1950s to present. Course requirements include attendance at professional shows, three short writing assignments and the performance and analysis of a 20-minute scene from one of the assigned scripts. Open only to students in the University College Collaborative.