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Shakespeare in Oxford and London.
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In this course, we will read a study of the year 1599—Shakespeare’s transformative year—6 plays by Shakespeare, select scholarship, and we discuss the cultural, political, and social questions that the plays raise for 16th and 17th century England and for us today. We will also consider a few modern appropriations of Shakespeare’s work, and we will see at least three live productions—two at the Globe in London and one in Stratford.
The objective of this summer survey is to encourage students actively to engage Shakespearean drama through performance, film, text, discussion and scholarship, and of course to do these things in the most hallowed, intellectually rich environment in the Western world. How do we talk about Shakespeare’s early work—plays such as Titus Andronicus or Henry IV, Part 1 compared to his late masterpieces? Some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters come from his plays before his masterpiece Hamlet. Falstaff, Aaron, and Lavinia come before what many critics consider his greatest achievements—Prince Hamlet, Henry V, or Cleopatra. Is there an important critical distinction to be made between early and late Shakespeare? Between Falstaff and Hamlet? Between Prince Hal and Prince Hamlet? I hope to consider Shakespeare’s early work with this question in mind. In pursuing these questions about Shakespeare’s development as a writer, our goal will be to examine these plays in light of the most important critical questions about gender, sexuality, power, and politics.