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David Kornhaber

Assistant Professor Ph.D., 2009, Columbia University

David Kornhaber



David Kornhaber is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.  He is currently completing a manuscript entitled The Birth of Theatre from the Spirit of Philosophy: Friedrich Nietzsche and the Development of the Modern Drama.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Theatre JournalModern DramaTheatre Research International, and Philosophy and Literature, among other journals.  He has served as Assistant Editor of Theatre Survey (2006-2008), as an Affiliated Writer with American Theatre (2005-2008), and as a contributor to the theatre sections of The New York Times and The Village Voice.  He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and his A.B. from Harvard College.


Modern and contemporary drama; intersections of theatre and philosophy; critical theory; modernism and the avant-garde

T C 357 • Shakespeare In Performance

43460 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm PAR 210
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Instructor: David D. Kornhaber, Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts


Description: This course, a discussion and participation class 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, speaking, enacting characters, 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 Royal Shakespeare Company 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 November, teaching classes (including ours) and performing a play.  Classes will be primarily detailed discussion of the day's assignment and the productions, both live and on video, and acting out scenes from the plays.  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 AFTLS residency.


Texts/Readings (tentative):

David Bevington, ed., The Essential Shakespeare

John Barton, Playing Shakespeare



Play Journals - 20%

Two short papers, 15% each - 30%

Term Paper - 30%

Class participation - 20%


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