|Course Type||Course Code||No. Of Credits|
Semester and Year Offered: Winter Semester 2019
Course Coordinator and Team: TBD
Email of course coordinator:TBD
Pre-requisites:Interest in and awareness of English literature and some familiarity with the life and times of Shakespeare
Aim: The study of Shakespeare’s plays is important for any student of both European and non-European drama because many later dramatists have built upon, appropriated, subverted and adapted both his plays and dramatic forms. This course will familiarize students with the political and cultural context in which Shakespeare wrote. It will explore the subtle ways in which his representative plays engage with not just the dominant beliefs but also the anxieties and fears of his age. The course will also look at the reception of Shakespearean drama through the subsequent ages including late twentieth and early twenty first centuries both through critical literature and to a limited extent through the adaptations.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
The course is divided into five short modules. Three texts will be taken up for detailed study in class. Other plays of Shakespeare will be discussed during class presentations.
Introduction to Shakespeare’s life and times and the ensuing debates in Early Modern England
The Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare in our time
Othello, (film) dir. Orson Welles
• E.A.J. Honigmann ed. Othello by William Shakespeare, Arden edition (A& C Black, 1997)
• John Wain edited. Shakespeare, Othello, A Casebook (Macmillan, 1971)
• Drakakis John (ed), The Merchant of Venice (Arden Shakespeare Third Series). London:
Bloomsbury, 2011. Print
• Mahon JW & Ellen Mahon(ed), The Merchant of Venice: New Critical Essays. London:
Routledge, 2002. Print.
• Dusinberre, Juliet (ed), As You Like It. (Arden Shakespeare Third Series). London:
Bloomsbury, 1998. Print
• Smith Emma(ed), Shakespeare’s Tragedies. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2003, Print.
• Ania Loomba, Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism. OUP, 2002
• Marianne, Novy, Shakespeare and Feminist Theory. U.K., Arden Shakespeare Series,
• Heims Neil(ed), Harold Bloom’s Shakespeare Through Ages: The Merchant of Venice. London:
Chelsea House, 2007. Print.
• Loos Pamela(ed), Harold Bloom’s Shakespeare Through Ages, Julius Caesar. London: Chelsea
House, 2007. Print.
• Neil Heims(ed), Harold Bloom’s Shakespeare Through Ages, Othello. London: Chelsea House
Publishers, 2008. Print.
• De Grazia Margareta & Stanley Wells(ed), The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Print
Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage:
|S.No||Assessment||Date period in which Assessment will take place|
|1.||Take home assignment||Take home assignment||10%|
|2.||Mid Semester Exam||As per AUD Academic Calendar||30%|
|3.||End Semester Exam||As per AUD Academic Calendar||30%|
|4.||Class presentation||First week of April||20%|
|5.||Class Participation and|
|Throughout the semester||10%|