Shakespearean Tragedy (Shakespear tragédiái) in spring 2015
Gellért Marcell, Wed 15:30–17:00, Thu 16:00–17:30, R423/a, R443, host: DES (R338)
5-credit seminar, 60 h/term; strong prereq: BMA-ANGD-A1 A2 A3 A4
description & set texts
The course is offered primarily for students with special interest in Renaissance literature and its most representative genre: drama—a fruitful combination of serious literature and public entertainment, high and popular culture. We will deal with the chosen plays – both popular and less popular ones – within a fairly flexible conceptual framework focusing on Shakespeare the tragedian of multiple minds, faces and voices i.e. the thinker, the moralist, the politician, the historian, the poet, the stage craftsman and the public entertainer. The genre-specific investigation of individual plays will be embedded in fertile contexts of general reference: that of the genre itself (a then highly fashionable medium of convention and invention); the full dramatic oeuvre of Shakespeare (with special regard to the interplay of different genres) and the overall cultural milieu of the English Renaissance that called the world of the stage to a new life. The seminars will proportionately combine the forces of relevant critical, hermeneutical, dramaturgical and poetic approaches utilizing all the strategies, methods and means available for the theoretical/conceptual and the practical/textual approaches to the chosen plays. In the seminars – both contextual and textual – we will pay distinguished attention to the stage/performance-specific devices and the metatheatrical features of the plays keeping in mind that they, without exception, were meant and made for the stage. . The seminar, by weekly course, will be conducted in two repetitive stages: the first class (Wednesday) we will have a contextual overview of the play at hand concerning common critical aspects like date, text(s), sorces, themes, genre style, composition, staging etc. while in the second class (Thursday) we will turn to the text itself through closer hermeneutical inspection to verify our critical presumptions. Plays to be discussed: Titus Andronicus Romeo and Juliet Hamlet Othello King Lear Macbeth Anthony and Cleopatra Timon of Athens Recommended Readings Bayley, John, Shakespeare and Tragedy (1981) Bradley, A.C. Shakespearean Tragedy Braunmuller, A.R. and M. Hattaway, eds. The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama. (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1990). The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies: ed. St. Wells Dollimore, J. Radical Tragedy Frye, N. On Shakespeare Fools of Time Géher István: Shakespeare – Olvasókönyv Kállay Géza: A nyelv határai. Shakespeare-tanulmányok. Budapest: Liget, 2004 Kermode, Frank. The Age of Shakespeare. (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004). Knight, G.W. The Whel of Fire The Imperial Theme McElroy, B. Shakespeare’s Mature Tragedies Shakespearean Tragedies: An Anthology of Modern Criticism, ed. L. Lerner Traversi, D. An Approach to Shakespeare
requirements & assessment
Requirements: regular attendance and preparation, close readings, conscious, conscientious and active participation in seminar work; individual and shared tasks in terms of presentations; one analytical in-class paper (quiz+essay) or home essay near the end of the term. Assessment: based on the performance of the above mentioned tasks