The interpretation of Shakespeare on the stage and in the academy is shaped by both specific critical theories and general cultural practices. In this seminar course, students will test interpretations of Shakespeare in Formalist, Structuralist, Psychoanalytical, Marxist, New Historicist, Gender, Queer, and Postcolonial criticism.
Prerequisites:
History of Literary Criticism
ENG‑315
A historical survey of some of the major ideas and practices in literary criticism, from Plato to the middle of the twentieth century.
History of Literary Criticism (ENG‑315);
Shakespeare
ENG‑361
A study of six representative comedies, histories, and tragedies by William Shakespeare from a number of critical perspectives.
Shakespeare (ENG‑361) or permission of the instructor

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