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Course Description

This course will start with "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Shakespeare’s early use of the supernatural (the fairy world) to provide a delightful comedy. Next is Marlowe’s best-known play, "Doctor Faustus," in which the protagonist makes a bargain with the Devil and, after twenty-four years, must face the consequences. We end with "Hamlet," a tragedy that begins with a call for revenge from a ghost that leads to disastrous results for the hero and others. In all three plays, otherworldly figures play a major though often very different role. What can we learn from the comparison? How do scenes from productions available on DVD affect your understanding of characters, recurring motifs, and the presence of the supernatural? | Lecture (plus questions); Facilitated discussion; Viewing videos
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