This course introduces and explores William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, Twelfth Night. Interviews with actors who appeared in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 production of Twelfth Night, as well as lectures by scholars and theater professionals who work and teach at the University of Colorado Boulder, offer students insight into Shakespeare’s artistic vision and its applications. Exploring Shakespeare’s language, his characters, his humor and his world view, the lectures, interviews, and interactive learning experiences that make up this class will help students comprehend the power of Shakespearean comedy and the abiding appeal of Twelfth Night for its original audience and our contemporary moment. You'll explore the relationship between comedy and tragedy, the conflict inherent in desire, and the ways Shakespeare's words and works engaged his community, and yours.
William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Comedy, Conflict, and CommunityUniversity of Colorado Boulder
About this Course
What you will learn
Engage Shakespeare’s play through appreciation of the richness of language, the complexity of his characters, and the intricacy of his narratives
Grasp the primary interpretive questions facing readers, actors, and scholars of Twelfth Night
Enhance enjoyment of the play through insight into the richness, humor, and power of Shakespeare’s presentation of the human condition
View Shakespeare’s plays as an invitation to interpret and create, empowering you as a thinker and creator
Skills you will gain
- appreciate richness of Shakespearean language
- apply Shakespeare's words and works to the contemporary moment
- make art real and relevant in your life and community
- textual analysis through interpretation and annotation
Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Twelfth Night and the World of the Play
Desire, Identity, and Chaos in Twelfth Night
Class, Comedy, and Conflict in Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night and the Limits of Comedy
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