Further information on Spring 2018 courses

 

Cheryl Freund: Revisiting Shakespeare – Caesar is Not Dead

 

Course texts

William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. General Editor: Sylvan Barnet, the Signet Classics of Shakespeare, ISBN 978-0-451-52689-2. Can be purchased at Content Bookstore, Northfield, $5.95.

The All New Don’t Think of the Elephant!, George Lakoff, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014. Can be purchased at Content Bookstore, Northfield, $15.00.

 

Provisional course schedule

April 3

  • Introductions 

  • Participants’ & Course Goals 

  • General Course Overview 

  • Tragedy Defined 

  • Read aloud, interpret, discuss The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act I, Sc. 1 – Sc. 3 

  • Homework: Read Lakoff, Part I: “Framing 101:Theory and Application,” pp. 1-32; relevant examples from current events and/or personal experience

April 10

  • Discussion: Lakoff’s theory of Framing 

  • Sharing: Current Events, personal experiences relating to Act I 

  • Read aloud, interpret, discuss The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act II, Sc. 1-Sc. 4 

  • Homework: Read Lakoff, Part II, “Framing 102: Framing the Unframed,” pp. 33-50; relevant 
examples from current events and/or personal experience

April 17

  • Discussion: Reaction to Lakoff, “Framing 102” 

  • Read aloud, interpret and discuss The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act III 

  • Shakespeare’s use of rhetorical devices 

  • Marcus Antonius’ speech, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act III, Sc. 2 


April 24

  • Revisit Marcus Antonius’ speech: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act III, Sc. 2 

  • Elements of Persuasion; Values 

  • Speech Acts; Theory of Language Games 

  • Lakoff’s theory of framing applied 

  • Discussion: General Themes 

  • Homework: Read Lakoff, pp. 83-93; metaphors

May 1

  • Discussion: Lakoff; metaphors and discourse theory 

  • Read aloud The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act IV. Discuss Sc 1- Sc 111 

  • Share relevant examples illustrating play’s lessons and themes 


May 8


  • Read aloud The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act V, Sc. 1- Sc.5 

  • Discussion; Lessons learned 

  • Share relevant examples 

  • Homework: Read handout: “The Way we Live Now,” Chapter 1 from The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

May 15

  • Discuss Jacoby article and its relevance to Lakoff and Shakespeare
  • Share relevant examples; language in context 

  • Homework: Read handout: “Junk Thought,” Chapter 9, from The Age of American Unreason, 
Susan Jacoby 


May 22

  • Discuss Jacoby article and its relevance to Lakoff, Shakespeare, current events 

  • Discuss insights gleaned from texts and group discussion 

  • Wrap up – What do we now know that we didn’t know before?
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Course Evaluation – Did the course address your goals?