Shakespeare Part I: The Elizabethan Period

The formative period of Shakespeare's genius: comedies such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night; histories such as Richard III; and tragedies such as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. We will undertake detailed study of Shakespeare's poetic language and will examine the dramatic form of the plays and the performance practices of Shakespeare's time. We will also explore important themes that inform the plays, from portrayal of gender and racial identities to history, nationhood, and Shakespeare's changing world. We will engage with contemporary scholarship by those who grapple, as women, people of color, and as members of the LGTBQ+ community, with Shakespeare's legacy. Viewing and analysis of contemporary performances and films will be integrated into the work of the course.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Ko

Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video; LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall