Unit 5 - Objectives, Readings, Films, Self Test and Discussion Questions

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1 Unit Five: Comedy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream I Unit Goals and Objectives This unit examines another early comedy and one that is frequently revived onstage: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (first performed 1595-6 and first printed 1600). In our discussion, we will focus on the problems of magic, love, comedy, and meta-theatricality. The principal question will concern how dark or light this popular Shakespearean comedy is. Over the centuries, its staging and reception have changed radically, to reflect the changing mores of the audience. This shifting history of interpretation will also be considered. II Topics Covered in the Lecture 1. Background and Sources 2. Puck as Trickster 3. Bottom’s Dream 4. Pyramus and Thisbe 5. Love and Marriage 6. Imagination: Eyes, Perception 7. Desire, Looking, Translation 8. Saturnalia and the Carnivaliesque in the Dream 9. Gender Politics 10. The Dark Side of Love in the Play III Unit Readings a) Primary Text Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream . Ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square Press, 1993. b) Works Cited in the Lecture (Suggested Secondary Readings) Bevington, David. “‘But We Are Spirits of Another Sort’: The Dark Side of Love and Magic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream .” In Dutton, Richard, ed. New Casebooks : A
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