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Course Description

This course will deal with four of Shakespeare's comedies, each of which has generated controversy. Petruchio's taming of Kate in The Taming of the Shrew has made that play unacceptable to many today. The role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice continues to trouble readers and playgoers, as does the last-scene conversion of Bertram, the comic hero of All's Well That Ends Well. Finally, act 5 of Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's in-depth exploration of justice, provides major problems in staging and interpretation for readers and playgoers. How “comic” are these comedies, and how do scenes shown in class affect your understanding of what is at stake?  Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion Viewing Videos
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Section Title
Shakespeare and Controversy: A Study of Four Comedies
Type
Classroom
Days
Th
Time
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Dates
Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
15.0
Delivery Options
Classroom  
Course Fees
Instructors
Section Notes
Students may use any edition of Shakespeare's plays.