Come sharpen your skills of analyzing stories the society tells about itself. The world is made up of stories. Stories full of sound and fury. Great stories are often strangers at home. One of the greatest storytellers is Shakespeare. His plays defamiliarize banal experiences and everyday utterances while offering something recognizable through a new language and form. These stories connect us to other times and places.
In Spring 2017, the English department will offer ENGLISH 1340W Essential Shakespeare (Tuesday / Thursday 2:20-3:35) and ENGLISH 3441 Shakespeare, Race, and Gender (Tuesday / Thursday 12:45-2:00), both taught by Alexa Alice Joubin.
“Essential Shakespeare,” a general education course, introduces you to the riches and beauty of the world of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories. It is designed for everyone, and no prior knowledge is required. We will explore how Shakespeare and his company represented racial, cultural, and gender differences through travel, colonialism, and fantasy. As we identify key components of Shakespeare’s work, you will acquire essential tools for enjoying Shakespeare’s plays as both literary works and films.
“Shakespeare, Race, and Gender,” a seminar, will explore how the early modern and modern ideologies about race, gender, class, religion and sexuality shape Shakespeare’s plays and their afterlife on stage and on screen. You can hone your skills of close reading and evidence-based argumentation. You will also be able to connect critical analysis of historical texts to your professional life beyond the classroom.