02.129DH Shakespeare, Race, and Religion in the Renaissance World

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This course will analyze racial and religious difference in four of Shakespeare’s plays: Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice, and The Tempest. In doing so, we’ll ask how racial and religious outsiders challenge notions of the multicultural community, both in Shakespeare’s time and in our own cultural moment. In addition to reading Shakespeare’s texts, we’ll also explore the source materials that inform his plays, and early modern ethnographic contexts—including perceptions of Africans, Muslims, and Jews in Shakespeare’s time. We’ll also examine the cultural resonances of these texts and materials across time periods, especially though contemporary film adaptations and stage productions from Singapore and Asia.

*Note: With the current CoV19 situation, the entire course and assessment will be online.

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Rhema Hokama