English 2080 (also PMA 2681)
Spring 2020
MWF 12:20-1;10
Morrill Hall 106
Stuart Davis, Senior Lecturer
Office: Goldwin Smith 133
hrs. T 2:30-4:00 & by appt.
5-6281 • sad4@cornell.edu
T.A: Mint Damrongpiwat • pd358@cornell.edu

Shakespeare and the 20th and 21st Centuries.

As of 4/6, some requirements listed below have been superseded by those given on the syllabus (next page)

What can we learn about Shakespeare's plays from their reception by late modernity? What can we learn about modern cultures from the way they use these texts and the Shakespeare mystique? We will study five plays and their adaptations in film and theater and explore the uses made of Shakespeare in education, advertising, and public culture and by the Shakespeare industry itself. For spring 2020: Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Merchant of Venice, The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing, with live or filmed performances directed by Sam Blake, Akira Kurosawa, Grigori Kozintsev, Josie Rourke, Julie Taymor, and Fred Wilcox.

Required texts:

Stephen Greenblatt et al. The Norton Shakespeare: Essential Plays. Third ed. ISBN 9780393938630

Aimé Césaire, A Tempest Consortium Book Sales 9781559362108

Shorter texts downloaded from the course websites (linked from syllabus or marked "Canvas" on syllabus).

Features, guidelines, requirements:

Learning objectives

As you proceed with this course, your participation and written work should show that you can
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