In this course, we will read Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, with special focus on dramatic conventions and their effects. How does Shakespeare use dramatic techniques such as cross-dressing, eavesdropping and music to create a comedy of love and mistaken identities? We will read and enjoy the play in depth while also paying attention to other Shakespearean works and to recent film versions.
Attendance / in-class assignments and activities / oral presentations / term paper
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (edition to be announced) Other handouts to be distributed in class
To be introduced in class
Regular attendance and active participation Students will be asked to read some parts of the play aloud in class.
1. Introduction 2. Dramatic techniques in Twelfth Night - cross-dressing (disguise)
- use of letters
- use of music
3. Issues and viewpoints in Twelfth Night - family, friendship and love
- separation and reunion
- mistaken identities
- representation of femininity / masculinity
4. Comparison with other Shakespearean plays: The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, Pericles, The Winter's Tale, etc. 5. Filmic adaptations - Twelfth Night (dir. Trevor Nunn, 1996)
- She's the Man (dir. Andy Fickman, 2006)
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