Middlebury

ENAM 0331

Shakespeare's Comedies

Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances (I) (Pre-1800)
In this course we will appreciate and closely analyze the development of Shakespeare’s comic vision which distinguishes itself from the tragic vision by insisting that the most important thing about human beings is not that we die but that we fall in love, marry, and have children. We will move from the early Comedies, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Merchant of Venice, through the major comedies, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and Much Ado About Nothing, (and a Problem Play, Measure for Measure) to the final Romances, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest, where Shakespeare searches for a way to reconcile the tragic and the comic visions by asking how life can be understandable when it presents us both with the joy of new birth and with the pain of loss and death.
Subject:
English & American Literatures
Department:
English & American Literatures
Division:
Literature
Requirements Fulfilled:
EUR LIT
Equivalent Courses:
ENGL 0331

Sections

Spring 2020

ENAM0331A-S20 Lecture

Spring 2019

ENAM0331A-S19 Lecture (Bertolini)

Fall 2012

ENAM0331A-F12 Lecture (Bertolini)
ENAM0331Y-F12 Discussion (Bertolini)
ENAM0331Z-F12 Discussion (Bertolini)

Spring 2010

ENAM0331A-S10 Lecture (Bertolini)
ENAM0331X-S10 Discussion (Bertolini)
ENAM0331Y-S10 Discussion (Bertolini)

Spring 2007

ENAM0331A-S07 Lecture (Berg)
ENAM0331Y-S07 Discussion (Berg)
ENAM0331Z-S07 Discussion (Berg)