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Required Texts

Amazon logo Shakespeare, William. The Life of Henry V. Edited by J. R. Brown. New York, NY: Signet Classics/Penguin, 1989. ISBN: 9780451522863.

Amazon logo ———. Othello. Edited by E. A. J. Honigmann. Third edition. London, UK: Arden Shakespeare, 1996. ISBN: 9781903436455.

Amazon logo Fugard, Athol, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona. Statements. New York, NY: Theatre Communications Group, 1986. ISBN: 9780930452612. (Contains the play The Island.)

Amazon logo Barnes, Julian. A History of the World in Ten and a Half Chapters. New York, NY: Vintage, 1990. ISBN: 9780679731375.

Amazon logo Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Second edition. Edited by Johanna M. Smith. Boston, MA: Bedford/St.Martin's, 2000. ISBN: 9780312191269.

Amazon logo Pullman, Philip. His Dark Materials Trilogy. New York, NY: Laurel Leaf/Random House, 2003. ISBN: 9780440238607.

Among the Other Texts We Will Study

Dinesan, Isak. "The Blank Page."

Lovelace, Earl. "Joebell and America."

Dickinson, Emily. "Tell all the truth," and "After great pain."

The Book of Genesis

Milton, John. Selections from Paradise Lost.

Kureishi, Hanif. My Son the Fanatic.

Gericault, Theodore. The Raft of the Medusa.

The Limbourg Brothers. Les Tres Riches Heures de Jean, Duc de Berri.

Olivier, Laurence. Henry V. 1944.

Whale, James. Frankenstein. 1931.

Condon, Bill. Gods and Monsters. 1998.

Hawks, Howard. His Girl Friday. 1940.

Kelly, Gene, and Stanley Donan. Singin' in the Rain. 1951.

Ray, Satyajit. "The Music Room." Jalsaghar. 1958.

Prasad, Udayam. My Son, The Fanatic. 1997.

Gaghan, Stephen. Syriana. 2005.

Bharadwaj, Vishal. Omkara. 2006.

And a number of critical essays as well…

Students are encouraged to bring in other "links" (images, further reading, criticism, analogs) at any time.

Challenges in Representation: War, the State, the Past, the Other
1Introductions: Textual Analysis Using Dickinson and Shakespeare
2Discussion of Henry V: Text, Image, and Performance

Shakespeare. Henry V.

Henderson, Diana E. Henry V: An Introduction through Performance.

3Discussion of Henry V: Film, ContextsButler, Judith. "Photography, War, Outrage."
4Discussion of Othello Shakespeare. Othello.Sampling Othello/Otello/OJ/O.
5Othello and Cross-medial, Cross-temporal Adaptation
6Discussion of The Island Fugard, Kani, and Ntshona. The Island.
7Discuss Theatre; ReportsPerformance of bobrauschamerica. Directed by Anne Bogart at the American Repertory Theater, Brattle Street.
8Reports and ReflectionsOmkara
9"Joebell and America"Lovelace. "Joebell and America."
Challenges in Representation: Mad Science, Imagined Worlds

Shelley. Frankenstein.

Shor, Esther. Frankenstein and Film.

Performance of August Wilson's "Radio Golf" at the Huntington Theater.
11Frankenstein (cont.)Frankenstein
12Discussion of the Epic and the Sublime

The Book of Genesis

Milton. Paradise Lost. Books 1-2.

Shelley. "Mont Blanc."

13His Dark Materials His Dark Materials. Vol. 1.Gods and Monsters
14British Radio/Recorded ComedyHis Dark Materials. Vol. 2.Talk by Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright.

Comedy and Fantasy

His Dark Materials (cont.)

His Girl Friday
16His Dark Materials (cont.)His Dark Materials. Vol. 3.
17The Musical, Dance, SongSingin' in the Rain
Challenges in Representation: Love and The World Unraveling
18Attend Prof. Edward Turk's Class for Further Discussion with Rambert and Moran

Three short experimental films by Pascal Rambert, followed by a Q&A.

A performance (by Rambert, Kate Moran, and Alexandre Meyer) of Le Debut de l'a (The beginning of a).

19A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters.
20A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters (cont.)
21Possible Guest Speaker
22Gericault, PaintingsRay. Jalsaghar.
23My Son, the Fanatic Kureishi. My Son, the Fanatic.
24My Son, the Fanatic (cont.)My Son, the Fanatic
25"After great pain," Where are We?Dickinson. "After great pain."

"The Blank Page"


Dinesan. "The Blank Page."



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