May 21, 2022  
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ENGL 342 - Studies in Shakespeare

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)

Advanced study of Shakespeare’s work and its cultural significance in various contexts from his time to today. 


Topic for 2021/22a: After Shakespeare: The Poetics and Politics of Adaptation. While Shakespeare has long served as an icon of England and Englishness, he is also the most popular playwright in the non-Anglophone world, and his cultural currency circulates across nations, languages, and media. This course explores the theory and practice of adapting Shakespeare for worldwide audiences in the 20th and 21st centuries. Topics may include: the Shakespeare myth and the Shakespeare “brand;” postcolonial and feminist re-visions; Shakespeare, race, and performance; the cultural politics of “tradaptation;” citing Shakespeare in American popular culture; and disability in Shakespeare. We also reflect critically on our own positions as contemporary readers, viewers, and consumers of Shakespeare. Each seminar member completes an original research or creative project. We focus on five or six plays, including The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Tempest, and Othello. Some prior study of Shakespeare is recommended. Leslie Dunn.

This course satisfies one of the two pre-1800 requirements for the English major.

One 2-hour period.

Course Format: CLS

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