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Acting Shakespeare

ENGL 236.401
fulfills requirements:
Sector 3: Early Literature to 1660 of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

Distribution III:  May be counted as a Distributional course in Arts & Letters.

Prerequisite(s): THAR 120 or 121 (or their equivalent is required before a permit will be issued.). This course is not open to freshmen.

Through specialized readings, writing assignments, and in-class acting exercises, the class will develop methods of interpreting Shakespeare's plays through theatrical practice.  Topics include Shakespeare's use of soliloquy, two and three person scenes, the dramatic presentation of narrative source material, modes of defining and presenting the "worlds" of the plays, and the use of theatrical practice to establish authoritative text.