English 162 Lecture 11

English 162 Lecture 11 - MERCHANT OF VENICE I. Introduction...

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English 162 Lecture 11 Nationalism – Pride in a nation. Renaissance can also be known as “Early Modern” -A period seen as the configurement of modern culture. Absolutism – The doctrine that the sovereign has ABSOLUTE power. I. Religious Developments a. Unchanging beliefs b. Central events of Reformation c. Controversies about interpretation d. Effects on Daily Life e. Effects on Shakespeare II. Social Developments a. Class system, rise of middle classes b. Growth of Cities c. Gender Lecture 12 Professors Royalty Aristocracy (earls, dukes, etc.) [Upper middle class] (some of whom are gentry) [Middle middle class] merchants, well to do tradesmen, prosperous members of guilds etc. Laborers, less prosperous artisans. Sumptuary Laws – Laws determining what you can wear based on your social position. Genrty – Members of the upper middle class who are also land owners. Guilds – Large groups of people, guilds carry very much power.
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Unformatted text preview: MERCHANT OF VENICE I. Introduction a. John Hollander was awarded the Frost Medal of Poetry Society b. Is the play anti-semitic? How do you teach a play that is anti-semitic? Play was written around 1595-1596. Takes some of the plotlines and themes from MSND and twists them into a new perspective. This is a play about fortune, chance, knowledge, interpretation. It is a comedy about comedy. Its also a play about desire. LOOK FOR REPEATED WORDS In what ways are this play light/dark? The play troubles us and unsettles us because it is not settled or consistent. Marranos People who originally were Jewish but had converted, or their families has converted. 1. Should your judgment towards any text be based on what it accomplishes aesthetically? 2. How does the physical movement of characters in the opening scene express anti-semitism?...
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English 162 Lecture 11 - MERCHANT OF VENICE I. Introduction...

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