ENGL 242 - Individual Shakespeare Play: Othello
Prerequisite: Completion of FW requirement. A detailed study of a single Shakespearean play, including its sources, textual variants, performance history, film adaptations and literary and cultural legacy. The course includes both performance-based and analytical assignments.
Spring 2019, ENGL 242-01: Othello and Ourselves: Race, Religion, and Reconciliation in Shakespeare (3). Race, religion, sexualized violence: Othello is a play that poses timely and difficult questions for our own age. This course examines one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies in detail, studying its sources, historical context, textual history, performance history, and film adaptations. Subsequently, special attention is given to the play's literary and cultural legacy to see ways the play has been both cited and revised to comment on our modern situation. We consider one of Shakespeare's late plays, The Winter's Tale, as one of the early "revisions" of Shakespeare's Othello and see the play at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton. (HL) Pickett. Pickett.
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