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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: LIT                                     Course Number: 314                                    
Course Title: Shakespeare and Justice
Subject: Literature
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course examines Shakespeare?s representation of justice in its connections to social and political order, crime and the law. The investigation will be both historical, situated within early modern understandings of justice, and aesthetic, situated within Shakespeare?s dramatic vocabularies. What are the connections between poetic justice and legal, social, and religious justice? How do such connections order plot, character, and structure? And finally: how do Shakespeare's representations of justice and injustice support or challenge early modern ideas of justice? Students will explore these questions through close analysis of selected plays and affiliated historical readings, and through their performance of scenes key to Shakespeare?s articulations of justice.

Prerequisite: English 201 and one General Education course in LIT.
Start Date:    12/11/2009                         End Date: