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Zero Week Notes Eng 150B
Popular in Shakespeare: Later Plays
Popular in Foreign Language
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Date Created: 09/25/15
Lecture One Profession of Playwright 0 New in era of patron system 0 Theme of economic turmoil Shakespeare around 15945 stops writing so many poems for patrons o public theater 0 informal energized o cheapish still made way more money than poetry 0 reimagine the world ln way that s artistic and popular gets an audience Ways people talk about Shakespeare Shakespearean drama as lifeenrichment 0 But what does this mean 0 Being able to see the social injustices and mechanisms Unlikely Renaissance history 0 Shakespeare as a part of it and as showing it writing about it 0 Plays expose a cynical view and corruption 0 Idea of Renaissance as golden age splendorous is not quite accurate 0 Context for Shakes and Measure for Measure Fear of Devastation of the population 0 Time of Bubonic Plague Corruption 0 How government will try to save its identity Protestant Reformation o Brutalized for not believing what was canon weeks before 0 ProtestantCatholic transitions 0 Wishywashy 0 Both are persecuted at different times back and forth 0 Lots of killing excommunicating treason v killing those of the opposite religion Shakespeare s biography 0 quotstrapping young Stratford lad to England s Bardquot but we don t have a lot of info about him or how he became so great learned to do what he did 0 2 important things we do know about Shakespeare from his plays he s just like us knows how ordinary stuff feels also he s unlike anyone 0 can become whoever he s writing 0 he knows everyone causes you to recognize things inside yourself even what you hide deny don t recognize 0 you are implicated 0 he tells an old story in a way where viewers recognize the profound human truths in them empathize with human experience 0 Negative Capability Ability to be in doubt without searching for certainty Accept paradoxes as true all experiences as true without trying to choose the quotrightquot viewpoint 0 Who was Shakespeare We are not usually content to accept what we have and be okay with doubts We try to grasp at who he was nd his backstory and why he wrote the plays 0 We try to explain it with certainty when why he s so awesome IS the plays and their paradoxes complexities and experience 0 The plays are standalone don t need his backstory to get the value of them 0 Shakespeare as the Greeks legacy legacy of Greek tragedy 0 But we re not sure exactly what Aristotle meant when talking about Greek tragedy and its form and effects on an audience 0 And Shakes wanted popular theater so classical references and forms doesn t make sense lt s lowbrow Wrote not just to brains but to people s stomachs Violating social mores Making people s fears happen human fears of fatal mistakes death disorganizationchaos etc Culture and multiculturalism Culture gives coherency in how to see the world how to act and what to focus on Shakes looks at cultural contradictions looking around cultural walls 0 Time of cultures coming in contact 0 Cultural negotiation Selling different beliefs to those in the minority 0 Reading Shakespearel understanding similarities kinshipl bridging cultural gaps Lecture Two
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