We're at the end of the semester, which means that I have to submit my book orders for the fall. (It...never ends, does it?) I'm back to teaching intro to lit analysis, which falls into two halves: poetry and then a long Shakespeare unit, the latter of which involves one Shakespeare play and several adaptations/appropriations thereof. This half of the class strongly emphasizes authors responding to Shakespeare in wildly different historical and cultural contexts, so that we can get a sense of how a work "travels." The past couple of rounds have been all Hamlet, all the time, but I've decided to resuscitate my previous standby, King Lear--albeit with mostly new works. I generally show at least one film, but the shift to fifty-minute class sessions means that I have to recalculate the amount of time I need.
- Source material from Monmouth and Holinshed
- King Lear
- Possibly some excerpts from Nahum Tate
- (I don't know if I have time to show an entire King Lear, although I frequently show large chunks of the Holm version; perhaps I'll switch to the newer McKellen staging this time)
- Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot (knocking out Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres; I was also thinking about doing Zola's La Terre)
- Jacob Gordin, The Jewish King Lear Comes to America (because it's a comedy, among other things)
- Akira Kurosawa, Ran (which students either really love or really loathe; we'll see how the coin toss goes)