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Eng 207 Shakespeare - Lecture and book notes Week 2

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Eng 207 Shakespeare - Lecture and book notes Week 2 Eng 207

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These notes cover the lectures and readings from week 2 including lectures 3 and 4, the introduction, and acts 1-2 of The Taming of the Shrew. This does not include Act 3. I will wait to send act 3...
Shakespeare 1
Prof. Macrae
Class Notes
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This 6 page Class Notes was uploaded by Emily Faulconer on Thursday October 6, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Eng 207 at University of Oregon taught by Prof. Macrae in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 7 views. For similar materials see Shakespeare 1 in English at University of Oregon.


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Date Created: 10/06/16
This package contains notes from the lectures and assigned readings for Week 2. Disclaimer: My notes will remain as MY OWN interpretation of the material. These notes are designed to help you gain an outside perspective on the material, or help you to achieve a multi-aspect understanding of material that might be difficult. As such, they will point out only what may be considered important for the exams, and minimalist commentary on the plays we are reading. Eng 207 – Reading 2: Introduction – 10/3/16 (Week 2) Shakespearean era – context - High child mortality & low estimated lifespan o Familiarized his generation with death - Plague shut down playhouses often. Forced actors to travel o Resulted in the further spread of the plague into rural communities o Despite plague, population continued to increase - London was over-crowded because wages there were higher o Peaceful time brought about well-off economic situation - Ladies were able to go to theater shows and show off o Fashion brought about with theatre o Easy access to luxury fabrics with high trade  Results in Sumptuary laws. - Sumptuary Laws o Laws restricting the right to wear certain precious fabric to the higher upper-class.  Result of worry of the Common folk becoming idle and spending too much money on luxury o Plays and theater considered a luxury, and therefore not a contribution to English domestic economy Thomas Smith’s Categorization of the ‘Commonwealth’: A. Gentlemen B. Citizen C. Yeomen Artificer D. Laborer A. Gentlemen - Forefront = Monarch - Small group of nobles (Dukes, marquees, earls, viscounts, and barons) - Only the eldest son inherits the title of the father, and therefore the land - Younger sons may become earls - Knights - Simple Gentlemen o Gentlemen: Men who can make a living in idleness/ without using their hands - Most important Class according to Smith B. Citizens - Positions of importance/responsibility (pastors, bailiffs) C. Yeomen - Farmers with land and economic independence D. Laborers - No voice or authority - Exist only to be ruled - May have some responsibility (church warden, constable) - A major source of wealth and measure of social status = land ownership - 35 riots between 1581 and 1602 o Against the mayor, to free prisoners, anti-alien protests, against some market regulation or another o Theaters often the site of social confrontation o Apprentices rioted often o Rural riots against enclosures o Rural rioting remained localized because if it included multiple communities it could be viewed as treason (punishable by death). Women’s Status - Most women denied the right to institutional authority and person autonomy o Single women had a few more rights than married women o Women had a bit more power than men cared to admit o Economic freedom far exceeded political and social freedom o Women who were too outspoken were publicly humiliated - Books for females published more in late 16 century due to increase in female literacy Shakespeare – the person - Shakespeare’s identity a question because he was so dull of a person compared to his works. o All the other writers were arrested at least once or had some kind of drama to attest to the experiences in their stories Theories on Shakespeare’s source of learning - Had a bailiff as a father o Exposure to players o Awareness of the difference between the man and the position - Viewing a progression or a parliamentary Election o Gave insight into the theatrics of politics o Queen Elizabeth’s carefully practiced humble attitude - Exorcisms o Alien voices in familiar bodies o Cosmic forces and communicating with them o Exorcism as a ‘powerful theatrical fraud’ ----------------------------------------------------------------- *------------------------------------------------------------ Eng 207 – Reading 2: Taming of the Shrew Acts 1-2 - 10/3/16 (Week 2) - Lucentio and Tranio observe Baptista, Kate, Bianca, Hortensio, and Gremio o Intro to Kate and Bianca’s opposite personalities o Intro to the main problem that the three suitors (Lucentio, Hortensio, Gremio) face. o Is Bianca made to look more docile from being compared to the fierceness of her sister? - Lucentio Plots o Bianca is locked away until Kate is married o She is only allowed to see schoolmasters o Lucentio will disguise himself as a schoolmaster while Tranio takes his place as ‘Lucentio’  Lucentio takes on the name ‘Cambio’ - Enter Petruccio and Grumio (and Hortensio) o Word play hijinx  Knocking on a door v. knocking someone o Example of Petruccio’s tendency to abuse o Expresses he will marry anyone for money o Is told about Kate, promptly leaves to ‘woo’ her o Hortensio gives the stitch and asks if he can tag along as another fake school master (of music. Licio). - The suitors meet o Lucentio/Tranio, Hortensio, and Gremio discuss their situation and how they should help Petruccio first. - Kate V. Bianca o Kate teases and berates Bianca for having so many suitors and strikes her o Bianca tries to just please Kate with anything she wants - Petruccio and Baptista talk o Discuss the dowry o Hortensio gets hit over the head with a lute and is promptly reassigned to Bianca o Kate is sent to speak with Petruccio - Petruccio V. Kate o Petruccio announces his plans on how he will woo her first (aka forcibly by twisting her words for her so that they are all favorable) o One hell of a verbal joust. o Kate gets another hit in (Mike Tyson Punch Out with this girl geez) o Puns, puns everywhere - Tranio V. Gremio o Battle over who has more money to get Bianca o Basically a gigantic measuring duel o “Well I have TWO more boats than he does so hah!” ----------------------------------------------------------------- *------------------------------------------------------------ Eng 207 – Lecture 3 – 10/4/16 (Week 2) Act 1: - Element of Comedy = intricate plotting - Baptista Minola (Father) o Kate (Sister 1)  Petruccio (Suitor/ money grubber)  Grumio (Idiot servant) o Bianca (Sister 2)  Hortensio (Suitor 1 – Latin teacher)  Lucentio (Suitor 2) – Music teacher) Hired by Gremio to vouch for him. Sucks for Gremio  Tranio (Loyal servant/fake lord)  Biondello (Loyal, albeit less ‘in’, servant)  Gremio (Suitor 3) Rich, ‘ugly’, old guy - Anaphora o Repetition of a word or phrase - Chaste o Being wanted, but being restricted from achieving that want - Lucentio o Immediately ‘struck’ by Bianca  Notices her as young and modest  Unaware of anything else - Petrarchan love lyric (blazon) o Describes a woman/object of desire by relating the different parts of her/it to things of beauty o Considered cliché - Petruccio is made more masculine by going after Kate o Hypes himself when told about Kate by saying he’s experienced many worse things than Kate.  Some of which could be lies. ------------------------------------------------------------------ *----------------------------------------------------------------------- Eng 207 – Lecture 4 – 10/6/16 (Week 2) - Petruccio o Interesting that Petruccio appears/ acts abusing yet refuses to resort to physical violence with Kate o Free to marry or not marry  Unlike Kate o Power is the ability to impose his fictions on others o Lies about Kate’s manner when he first spoke to him  Bragging  OR  Dominating Katherine’s life already  Tells everyone how to interpret her behavior in his favor  OR BOTH - Kate o Persona is in question o Petruccio admits to ‘Katherine’ being a bit shrewish, but ‘Kate’ is beautiful and docile and kind o Petruccio is encouraging this ideal persona o OR o He wants her to be that way for him for his own benefit o OR BOTH - Stichomythia o Line by line verbal sparring o Even match in wits


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