Fall 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Curchack, Fred
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6340 Section 001
M Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Shakespeare in Performance

Description of Course:

This course is recommended for anyone who wants a deeper understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare, literature, theater and film. No acting experience is required and performing is optional. We will read plays and study various artistic and scholarly interpretations. We will view and compare film versions of scenes from the plays. Classes will include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and readings. We will do simple exercises to understand the challenges of staging and acting Shakespeare.

Students may choose to either write short papers or create artistic projects (in any medium) to be presented in class. Final projects may be either scholarly papers or creative projects (i.e. an original text, a performance, video, music, dance, or a work of visual art adapted from Shakespeare).

The course is taught by a theater artist whose Shakespeare adaptations have received international acclaim.

Required Texts:

(List is subject to change)
Shakespeare: Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Macbeth, The Tempest

Shakespeare -- The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom
Shakespeare Our Contemporary by Jan Kott
Shakespeare After All by Marjorie Garber
Shakespeare's Advice to the Players by Peter Hall
Additional essays and articles

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Readings, class participation, short papers or creative projects, final creative project or research paper, attendance.

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