In this course, students will have the chance to consolidate their theoretical and methodological knowledge from the foundational courses ”Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies” I and II.
We will combine close readings of two famous Shakespeare plays with theoretical discussions informed by a range of critical approaches such as Feminism, Queer Theory, Marxism, New Historicism, and Postcolonialism, as well as adaptation theory and analytical bibliography. By applying these methods to the plays (and their film adaptations), we will explore how different theoretical approaches as well as literary and social history shape our understanding of texts.
Students should acquire copies of the following editions of the plays, and read the texts of the plays ready to discuss the content in the first session:
- Shakespeare, William. Much Ado About Nothing. 3rd ed. Edited by F. H. Mares, with an updated introduction by Travis D. Williams. The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018 (1988, 2003). ISBN: 978-1316626733
- Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Edited by René Weis. The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series. London: Bloomsbury, 2012. ISBN: 978-1903436912
Or, if the Arden edition is unavailable:
- Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Updated edition. Edited by G. Blakemore Evans. The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003 (1988). ISBN: 978-0521532532
Further materials will be made available via LearnWeb as needed.