Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Curchack, Fred
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6345 Section 001
T 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.
Simple exercises will be introduced to explore 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).

Classes will include lectures, discussions, videos, and presentations.

The course is taught by a theater artist whose Shakespeare adaptations have received international acclaim.
In September/October he will perform the role of Lear in the Shakespeare Dallas production of King Lear.
The class will get a behind-the-scenes appreciation of how the role and the entire play is developed and then will attend the performance.

Required Texts:

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