AREL 803 - Shakespeare
By examining five of his most controversial plays, this course will introduce students to the various genres of Shakespeare while generally tracing his career arc. The plays are:
1) The Taming of the Shrew—marriage and gender; 2) Henry V—war and imperialism; 3) The Merchant of Venice—anti-Semitism; 4) Othello—race; 5) The Tempest—colonialism.
In addition to the five plays, we will view several cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare’s works and will examine his sonnets. We also will discuss strategies to teach Shakespeare effectively in the secondary school classroom.
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