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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Shakespeare and Performance in a Global Context
This seminar will be devoted to exploring the question of performance in every sense through the plays of Shakespeare, including the explosion of exciting performances, adaptations, and post-colonial rewritings of Shakespeare from around the world. Next year on Zoom, our class will include lively discussions of issues in each play (and ways in which they intersect with contemporary issues, including of race, sexuality, and gender). And students will be invited to perform particular speeches and scenes (with no memorization needed). In addition to raising issues in Shakespeare’s day that intersect with contemporary debates in the U.S. and around the world, the seminar will enable its participants to discuss in detail 8 better-and-lesser-known plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and The Tempest.