ENG536 201802 Graduate

Winter 2019
ENG 536
Applies To: 
Advanced Shakespeare (Prior Approval Needed for ENG Grads)

Brent Dawson

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3962
  • Office: 473 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20 W 1-4 remote
Department Section Description: 

Students in this course will closely read Shakespeare’s plays and poems, attending to Shakespeare’s rich language, nuanced characters, and persistent fascination toward topics of the self, desire, imagination, and group identity. In the first half of the course, students will look at examples from several recent critical approaches to Shakespeare, including animal studies, post-colonial studies, sense studies, and queer theory. In the second half, students will learn about how Shakespeare became “Shakespeare,” the iconic figure of popular and high culture, examining how different cultures and eras have re-interpreted his plays and biography. We will examine some contemporary films, short stories, and graphic novels that continue this process of re-interpretation.