Global Shakespeares: Re-Creating the Merchant of Venice

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William Shakespeare is the most performed playwright on the globe; this course brings his play The Merchant of Venice into the 21st century by comparing multiple recent performances, from film and television stagings to an international production that marked the first performance of the play in the former Jewish Ghetto of Venice, Italy. Students will:

  • Learn how to read and perform Shakespeare
  • Investigate the historical and contemporary context of Shakespeare’s works, including why and how they continue to be read and performed
  • Gain insight from Shakespeare scholars, historians, theater professionals, and actors
  • Produce and Perform selected scenes using the knowledge and techniques they have learned

This course provides a rare opportunity to see how artists and performers today grapple with a play that is dramatically challenging in its mixture of comic and tragic elements, as well as its portrayal of gender relations and ethnic and religious prejudice. Along the way, Students will learn to read and understand Shakespeare with the help of recorded vignettes on historical and theatrical context by scholars and theater professionals, as well as performance tutorials and reflections delivered by the actors themselves.

Students will also put into practice what they have learned, recording and producing short performances of selected scenes or speeches, and will be asked to consider and reflect upon how their choices foreground questions of historical context, gender relations, and/or the variability of dramatic modes.

This course is of interest to anyone interested in Shakespeare and the theater, those who want to learn about the history of Shakespeare’s life and times, or those who desire a greater understanding of dramatic performance and their own creative process. This module may also function as an instructional aid for educators at the high school and university level with a focus on adapting Shakespeare for the theater or screen.

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Diana Henderson
Diana Henderson

Diana Henderson‘s areas of research and interest include Shakespeare, gender studies, early modern poetry and drama, modernism, media studies, and world drama. Her publications include the books Alternative Shakespeares 3, Collaborations with the Past: Reshaping Shakespeare Across Time and Media, A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen, Passion Made Public: Elizabethan Lyric, Gender and Performance, and articles in (among others) Shakespeare Survey, Renaissance and Reformation, Shakespeare and Genre, Thomas Middleton in Context, Knowing Shakespeare, Shakespeare and War, Victorian Shakespeare, Shakespeare: The Movie 2, Shakespeare After Mass Media, A New History of Early English Drama, Virginia Woolf: Reading the Renaissance, and numerous volumes in the Cambridge and Blackwell’s Companions series. She has worked as a dramaturg, was a principal participant in MIT’s collaborations with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and is co-editor of Shakespeare Studies. Winner of the 2005 Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award For Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, MacVicar Faculty Fellow.