Middlebury

FYSE1167

Shakespeare's Characters

Shakespeare's Characters
Shakespeare’s reputation owes much to his characters. Yet memorable as these are, they abound in inconsistencies. What did they mean in Shakespeare’s time, and how do they still succeed? What explains the charisma of Bottom, the idiot who cannot act, or the appeal of Shylock, the vicious stereotype of Jewishness? Othello’s jealousy renders him a murderer, yet he elicits empathy; Desdemona is first assertive, then submissive. What do these contradictions mean? What do they tell us about attitudes towards race, gender, psychology, and theater in Shakespeare’s time and today? Addressing such questions, we will develop critical thinking and writing skills. Texts will include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and contextual readings. 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
First Year Seminar
Department:
First-Year Seminar Program
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
CW EUR LIT

Sections

Fall 2015

FYSE1167A-F15 Seminar (Berg)

Fall 2014

FYSE1167A-F14 Seminar (Berg)

Fall 2012

FYSE1167A-F12 Seminar (Berg)

Fall 2011

FYSE1167A-F11 Seminar (Berg)

Fall 2009

FYSE1167A-F09 Seminar (Berg)

Fall 2007

FYSE1167A-F07 Seminar (Berg)

Fall 2006

FYSE1167A-F06 Seminar (Berg)