English | Shakespeare
L625 | 27681 | Charnes


L625/L725 27681/27682  CHARNES  (#2)
Shakespeare

1:00p – 2:15p TR

TOPIC: SHAKESPEARE, POLITICS AND PERFORMATIVITY

This course will examine some more (and less) recent critical and
theoretical approaches to performance and performativity, paying
special attention to how such theories can help us to map political
choreographies in Shakespeare’s plays. We will trace the many
different kinds of performativity in the Henriad, Merchant of
Venice, and Antony and Cleopatra, examining how competing political
platforms work (or fail to) in the plays.  We will also pay close
attention to how the discursive conditions of “staging” and “acting
out” determine the political psychology of the plays.  While our
readings each week will serve as an introduction to psychoanalytic,
feminist, materialist and political theories of performance, their
utility will ultimately be tested through close readings of the
assigned plays.

For colloquium or survey credit:  Students will write weekly
response notes, and two 10-12pp papers, one of which they will
present to the class at the end of the semester.
For seminar credit:  Students will write weekly response notes, and,
in consulation with the instructor, choose an area of performance
theory to research beyond the assigned readings, develop a critical
bibliography, and write a 20-25pp essay due at the end of the
semester. 	

				Required Texts

	Shakespeare: 	Richard II;  Henry IV, Parts One and Two;
		Henry V; The Merchant of Venice;Antony and Cleopatra
	
	Elster, Jon.   Political Psychology
	Slavoj Zizek.  The Sublime Object of Ideology
	Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble
				
		Additional readings to be assigned electronically:

Bertolt Brecht.  “The Literarization of the Theatre”
----------	  “Three Cheers for Shaw”
Jacques Lacan.  “The Mirror Stage” (excerpt).
Sigmund Freud.  “The Interpretation of Dreams” (excerpt).
Peggy Phelan.  sel. from Unmarked: the Politics of Performance
Erving Goffman.  sel. from The Presentation of the Self in  Every
Day Life.
J.L. Austin.   sel. from How to Do Things with Words
Herbert Blau.   sel. from The Audience			
Jean-Francois Lyotard and Jean-Loup Thebaud,  from Just Gaming	
	
Judith Butler,  sel. from Bodies That Matter