ENGL289I - Acting Human: Shakespeare and the Drama of Identity
0101-0104 - Gerard Passannante


Through an in–depth reading of key plays by Shakespeare, this course will examine the acts of knowledge, understanding, and imagination by which the playwright generates the fiction of human identities and our participation in creating that fiction. As an introduction to Shakespeare, we will explore eight plays through close reading, discuss concepts of dramatic realism, and analyze the ways Shakespeare teaches us to ask questions about his characters and ultimately about ourselves. Our reading list includes Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest. There will be two papers, quizzes, a final exam, and opportunities for performance.