E 379M • Shakespeare Through Performance
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Consent of instructor must be obtained!
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In this course we examine Shakespeare through and in performance through daily performance explorations. Every class period will therefore be spent discussing the play-text, examining its expression on the stage (past and present), and learning how our own daily reading performances open up our understanding of the performance nature of its play-text. Please be prepared to read closely, to analyze the text, and to explore your ideas through classroom performance.
Everyone will record daily in a notebook insights into the play. The notebook is a chronicle of your experience with the play, with words and personae, and with performance as a way of communicating understanding. You must bring that chronicle and your text(s) to class every session.
This class will require you to spend three weekends at The University of Texas Winedale Historical Center: March 3-5; April 7-9; April 27-30. Your performances at Winedale are required. All expenses for meals and accommodations are paid for by Shakespeare at Winedale. During these weekends, you will be required to work very long hours on the play. We wake at 6:30 a.m. and work until 10:00 p.m. I demand commitment to the ideals that we pursue. If you cannot make that commitment you should not take this course. The course concludes with two public performances of the play on the final Friday and Saturday of April.
Your final grade is determined by your frequency and quality of your contributions in class; your development as a close reader of the play-text; and your determination to communicate our discoveries through performance.
Attendance is required.
Texts furnished by instructor.