English 2080       •       Shakespeare and the 20th and 21st Centuries


(plural of scholium)

These are short texts displayed in class, assigned for discussion, or recommended for reflection. Individually linked from the syllabus, they are in NO rational order, having simply accrued over time.

1. The "English Gomez"

2. Walter Benjamin on historicism and literary history

3. Steven Greenblatt, Speaking with the dead

4. Roland Barthes: Myth as depoliticized speech

5. Cole Porter, "Brush Up Your Shakespeare"

6. Dryden, Johnson, Coleridge on genius and nature.

7. Ben Jonson, "To the Memory of . . . Mr. William Shakespeare".

8. Joseph Quincy Adams on "Shakespeare and American Culture."

9. Coleridge on Iago's "motiveless malignity."

10. Virginia Vaughan on "an Othello for the 1990s" (i.e. the Nunn production).

11. Coppélia Kahn, on Lear and the "mother."

12. Octave Mannoni, on the "Prospero complex."

13. Judith Butler, on gender and performance.

16. T.S. Eliot, on Hamlet, Eliot, and their problems.

17. Kozintsev on the elements of the material world.

18. Jan Kott on "the Grand Mechanism."

19. Bertolt Brecht [from] "Alienation Effects in Chinese Acting"

20. T. S. Eliot on Othello's final speech.

21. Representations of Buddhist cycle of suffering.

22. Ovid's tale of Philomela (Innes translation).

23. Ovid's tale of Pyramus and Thisbe.

24. Northrop Frye, from "The Argument of Comedy."

25. The Biblical verses sung in Hebrew by Shylock and Jessica in the Nunn Merchant.

26. "Ophelia" (painting by J.E. Millais, 1851-52).

27. Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare's sister

28. Shakespeare, the quintessential commodity

29. Denis de Rougemont on love and death in the Western world.

30. The metatheatre page.

31. Terry Eagleton on the witches in Macbeth.

32. A.C. Bradley on "The Redemption of King Lear"

33. Jan Kott on the Fool in the "grotesque" King Lear

34. Jonathan Bate and Julie Taymor on the casting and direction of Caliban in the Taymor production.

35. Justice for Shylock, law school for Portia!

36. Virgina Woolf, on Othello from Orlando

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