Acquiring a critical awareness of Shakespeare's works. Acquiring the tools to analyze texts and performances. Acquiring presentation skills.
What issues come to the fore in exploring Shakespeare's texts today? This course offers a range of approaches to the plays. After close readings of Shakespeare's plays, we will watch performances and films to examine how the texts work on stage and screen.
Shakespeare, William. Othello. ---. Romeo and Juliet.
Handouts to be distributed in class. Reference books will be introduced in class.
Active participation in class. Preparation for presentations. Preliminary reading. Attending assigned performances and watching assigned films.
class attendance/oral presentations/quizzes/reviews on assigned performances and films/term paper
１．Introduction: Shakespearean tragedy from page to stage ２．The Setting of Othello: Representations of Venice and Cyprus ３．The Plots of Othello: Sources and Topical References ４．The Language of Othello: The Disintegration of the Grand Style ５．The Characters of Othello: Othello, Desdemona, Iago, Emilia ６．The Themes of Othello: Gender, Race and Otherness ７．Othello in Performance: Writing a Theatre Review ８．Discussion ９．The Language of Romeo and Juliet: The Sounds of Self-centred Love 10．The Action of Romeo and Juliet: Passion on Stage 11．The Characters of Romeo and Juliet: Juliet, the Nurse, Romeo, Mercutio 12．Romeo and Juliet in Film: Writing a Film Review 13．Adaptations of Romeo and Juliet: Cultural Differences 14．Creative Work 15．Discussion
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