Middlebury

FYSE 1167

Shakespeare's Characters

Shakespeare's Characters
Shakespeare’s reputation owes much to his characters; yet well-known as they are, they remain mysterious. What did they mean in Shakespeare’s time? How do they still succeed as characters? What explains idiotic Bottom’s charisma? What does Henry V’s flirtation with Princess Katherine or Othello’s jealousy about Desdemona reveal about Elizabethan—and our own—understandings of gender and race? Such questions will help us develop skills in speaking, writing, and critical inquiry. Texts will include at most three plays from among the following: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice, Henry V, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Othello, Lear, as well as contextual readings. We will also study a film of one of the plays. 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
First Year Seminar
Department:
First-Year Seminar Program
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
CW EUR LIT

Sections

Fall 2019

FYSE1167A-F19 Seminar (Berg)

Fall 2018

FYSE1167A-F18 Seminar (Berg)

Spring 2017

FYSE1167A-S17 Seminar (Berg)

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)