Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-6:15 PM
Topic: “Something Wicked This Way Comes[?]”: Supernatural Shakespeare
Professor: Vanessa Rapatz
Ghosts, Spirits, Witches, and Monsters pervade a select number of Shakespeare’s plays. Loosely based on such supernatural themes, this course studies seven plays that span Shakespeare’s career. We will read one comedy, Midsummer Night’s Dream; three tragedies, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III (also a history play); and three late romances, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest. Class lectures and discussions will attend to the language and formal conventions of these plays as well as to their stagecraft, their historical context, and their modern reception. We will also be considering modern adaptations of the plays, including the Netflix series House of Cards (originally a British series) that clearly conflates Richard III and Macbeth in its representation of American Politics.