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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2008

T C 357 • Shakespeare in Performance - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43895 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
CAL 200

Course Description

This course, a discussion and participation class with a substantial writing component, emphasizes Shakespeare as a man of the theater, a player as well as a creator of many roles, a member of an acting troupe. To read his plays merely as literary texts, rather than as scripts, is to miss something crucial about them. Students are not expected to be theater majors, but should be interested in aspects of performance staging, acting, directing, and so on that help us to understand both the texts of Shakespearean drama and their historical and theatrical context.

We will study eight plays, reading and viewing them in multiple versions in order to see how productions work as translations/interpretations. We will also work with videos of the series "Playing Shakespeare" by John Barton, former RSC director, and with Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS), a troupe of five classically trained British actors from England who will be in residency at UT for a week In October. Classes will be primarily detailed discussion of the day's assignment and the productions, both live and on video. Class attendance and active participation are required. Students will attend screenings of plays (and live theater when possible), participate in two groups that are responsible for presenting plays to the class, and engage fully in the residency.

Grading Policy

Play Journals 20%
Short papers (2) 30%
Term Paper 30%
Class participation 20%


David Bevington, ed., The Essential Shakespeare
John Barton, Playing Shakespeare

About the Professor

Professor Alan Friedman received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. His research interests include British and American modernism, the novel, and drama, particularly Shakespeare. He was a Humanities Institue Faculty Fellow at UT in fall 2003 and received the Chad Oliver Teaching Award from Plan II in 2003. He has taught World Literature and Composition as well as a popular junior seminar combining the reading of Shakespeare's works with coordinating the annual residency of Actors From the London Stage each October.


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