This course attempts to study how the most recent ecopolitical insights can inform critical readings of Shakespeare. In curious ways, new ideas about nature and animals have analogues in old ideas expressed in Shakespeare's plays. The latest developments in science and philosophy return us to the fundamental problems of human existence regarding our relations with one another, and with nature and the animals, the very issues dramatized in the plays.
class attendance/oral presentations/short quizzes/watching assigned films/term paper
Egan, Gabriel. Green Shakespeare: From Ecopolitics to Ecocriticism. London: Routledge, 2006. Handouts to be distributed in class.
Tillyard, E. M. W. The Elizabethan World Picture. London: Chatto and Windus, 1943.
Active participation in class. Preparation for presentations. Preliminary reading. The class will be conducted in English.
Introdution: Green Shakespeare １．Ecopolitics/ecocriticism
The Elizabethan World Picture: correspondences between macrocosm/microcosm
Twentieth-century sciences of holograms, fractals and genetics
２．Nature and Human Society Henry V Macbeth
３．Food and Biological Nature As You Like It Antony and Cleopatra
４．Supernature and the Weather King Lear The Tempest
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