ENGL 342 - Studies in Shakespeare
Semester Offered: Spring
Advanced study of Shakespeare’s work and its cultural significance in various contexts from his time to today.
Topic for 2017/18b: Shakespeare and Disability. Shakespeare’s characters exhibit a wide range of what would today be called disabilities, from physical and sensory impairments (spinal deformity, amputated limbs, blindness), to neurological disorders (epilepsy) to cognitive difference (“foolish wits,” madness). This seminar explores the performance of disability in Shakespeare’s plays, focusing on points of contact between pre-modern and contemporary understandings of human variability. In addition to studying selected plays through the lens of disability studies, we consider how the work of disabled actors and directors is challenging contemporary audiences to think “differently” about both disability and Shakespeare. Leslie Dunn.
One 2-hour period.
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