R417 Fall 2018 Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida
Mondays, 2:15–3:40, Oct. 22–Nov. 12
Note dates (November 12 is in the makeup week)
Instructor: Richard Wilan
In an Elizabethan grammar school, such as Shakespeare surely attended, students might argue in Latin such questions as: Should the Trojans have returned Helen to the Greeks to end the war? In this play Shakespeare dramatizes that debate and shows us what the Trojan War was really like. The two lovers of the title seem, with Uncle Pandarus, caught between who they are in real time and who they were to become in the Troy legend. Students will need a copy of the play in any edition. This course is a complement to R416 The Tradition of Troy from the Bronze Age to the Renaissance.
Richard Wilan received a BA from Amherst College, an MAT from Harvard University, and a PhD from the University of Maryland, where his dissertation was on Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. He recently retired from Northern Virginia Community College, where he taught writing and Shakespearean literature for many years.