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ELIT 371 Shakespeare and Culture

3 s.h.

This seminar course is designed for students who wish to immerse themselves more fully in reading and analyzing a particular aspect of Shakespeare’s plays. We will focus on one or two of the major genres (e.g., comedies, histories, tragedies, romances) and consider how the plays intersect with a number of contentious issues in both early modern and postmodern cultures. Topics may range from legal and gender issues, to religion and the stage, to sexual and racial identity issues. In addition to reading carefully four or five plays, we will view film versions, where available, considering how these films contribute to the ongoing reinvention and privileging of Shakespeare as "the Bard." Offered every 2-3 years. (LA, H3)

Prerequisites: LITR 150, ELIT 270, COMP 200 or COMP 290, and LITR 250.

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