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Explication de textes : Tragic Knowledge: Marlowe's Faustus, Shakespeare's Macbeth

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Kevin Curran
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2016 -> 2016

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 3.00, 4.00
Polycopiés: Oui


In this course we will give sustained attention to two of Renaissance England's greatest stage tragedies: Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and William Shakespeare's Macbeth. This will involve learning about the differences between classical, Renaissance, and modern definitions of tragedy and assessing where our two plays fall among them. We will also be devoting a considerable amount of time to evaluating differences between the two plays in terms of language and stagecraft. As the title of the course suggests, "knowledge" will be a key theme throughout the semester. At the heart of both plays is a concern with the tragic effects of knowledge. Our job will be to determine what this preoccupation might tell us about Renaissance understandings of religion and science, agency and free-will, and the relationship between thought and action.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Niveau B2 (cadre européen commun de référence)

Informations supplémentaires


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