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Shakespeare, Playing, Gender
We will study some of the best- and lesser-known plays of Shakespeare, considering them against the background of early modern Europe and the New World. As the title suggests, the seminar will focus on theatrical and other kinds of "playing," including what Hamlet, within a vexed political and theatrical context, termed the "purpose of playing," and on ambiguities of gender and "playing gender" in particular. The seminar will include detailed study of The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, and other plays.