Learning Shakespeare by Doing

A course on works of dramatic literature whose comparative dimension is theatrical performance.  We will consider four Shakespeare plays covering a range of theatrical genres; the emphasis will be on the ways in which Shakespearean meaning can be elucidated when the reader becomes a performer.  Students will move from the reading/performing of individual speeches to the staging of scenes to the question of how an overall theatrical conception for a play might be a key to the fullest understanding of the text.  Students will write papers about their readings and performances; grades will be based on both the writing and the performing.

Students who wish to register for this course must send an e-mail to the Professor Leonard Barkan, lbarkan@princeton.edu.


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Leonard Barkan

Class of 1943 University Professor; Associate Member of the Departments of Art and Archaeology, Classics, and English


S01 - Leonard Barkan

Mondays and Wednesdays,
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM


Leonard Barkan