Shakespeare Studies 2017/18

Jealousy, that “green-eyed monster,” is a powerful emotion that can drive people to extremes of despair and destruction. Although akin to envy, wanting what someone else has, jealousy is a fearful anxiety about losing someone’s affections to another. It seems to grow out of personal insecurities and feeds on fear of loss of reputation and self-esteem. As we see in Shakespeare, a character driven by this powerful emotion can lose control and fall into obsession leading to tragedy.

 

The plays we will read this year hinge on the outcome of this destructive force. In Much Ado about Nothing, “the worst returns to laughter;” in Othello, “the maddening change is from the best;” and in The Winter’s Tale, there is the best stage direction ever, “Exit pursued by bear.”

 

We will start with Much Ado About Nothing on October 16th, discussing one act for each of the next four weeks. Starting on January 8, we will suffer with Othello until February 5. In the spring, incongruously, we will read The Winter’s Tale starting on April 9 and concluding on May 7. All sessions will be at St. Matthew’s United Church, 2035 26a St. S. W. from 10:00 to 11:30.

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