Instructor: Viscondesa Jimena Montoya
This class is suitable for newcomers!
Students do not need to have read the play in advance, but are encouraged to do so. A free version is available at folgerdigitaltexts.org.
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In this class we'll discuss Shakespeare's comedy “As You Like It” and how it uses pastoral imagery to criticize contemporary social conditions. Ah, the forest of Arden, where Shakespeare's characters can escape the nasty politics of the court and instead enjoy a blissful countryside full of foul weather, wild animal attacks, and cruel landlords. I'll talk about how the play uses pastoral images and tropes to highlight threats to rural life caused by the advent of enclosure and the rise of the commercial wool trade. We'll look at specific scenes and discuss the play's relationship to real life contexts in the late sixteenth/early seventeenth centuries. There will be time for general discussion. Students do not need to have read the play in advance, but are encouraged to do so. A free version is available at folgerdigitaltexts.org.