ENG190-001: Freshman Seminar:English

Topic: Real Shakespeare

August 24, 2016 - December 6, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
11:30am - 12:45pm
Callaway Center S104
Cahill, Patricia
Appropriate for First Year students.

Every semester. Freshmen only. Through readings on variable topics, frequent writing assignments, and in-class discussions, the seminar emphasizes reasoned discourse and intellectual community. Does not satisfy first-year writing requirement.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information: http://evidence.emory.edu/in-the-news/evidence-focused-courses.html

In this seminar, we will ponder a wide range of literary, theatrical, historical, and cultural questions that have to do with authenticity of one kind or another as we intensively study four remarkable—and remarkably diverse-- Shakespearean dramas: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King John, and The Tempest. Over the course of the semester, we will use these plays as jumping off points for discussion of questions such as how scholarly detective work allows to recognize some printed texts  (and not others) as real “Shakespeare”; why “original practices” staging, which seeks to re-create the actual conditions of performance in Shakespeare’s day, is so complex and controversial; how Shakespearean drama may make the historical past feel uncannily present for audiences, even as it draws on fictional sources and highlights its own fakeness; and what Shakespearean “truths”  have been remembered and celebrated when the playwright’s birth and death have been commemorated.  As we explore these matters, we will read critical essays, study rare books, watch filmed performances, investigate archives, and peruse a traveling exhibit that will allow us to get up close and personal with the 1623 First Folio, which saw print seven years after Shakespeare’s death and famously preserves eighteen never previously published plays.

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