Look for the catalog of 2020-21IntroSems to roll out here in August.
Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Shakespeare and Performance in a Global Context
This course has been cancelled for this academic year.
This seminar will be devoted to exploring the question of performance in every sense through the plays of Shakespeare, including the performance of gender; theatrical and film performances in the United States, Britain, and other English-speaking countries; and the explosion of exciting international performances of Shakespeare from Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere. The seminar will involve regular in-class performances of scenes from particular plays by seminar participants, who will have the opportunity both to act and to direct others. In addition to raising issues involving the history of transvestite theater, gender performance, and debates over race and ethnicity in relation to the performance of Shakespeare, the seminar will focus on major Shakespeare plays including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Titus Andronicus, Othello, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, and others. It will also include important film versions that have been produced over the past two decades.