University of Chicago's Basic
Program of Liberal Arts Education
for Adults + Graham School
Claudia Traudt
Man as Woman as Man

In two of Shakespeare's most heart-winning and hilarious comedies, As You Like It and Twelfth Night, and in Antony and Cleopatra, one of his most soaring and heart-slamming of histories/comedies/tragi-comedies, Claudia Traudt's class shall explore relations of identity, sexuality, gender, disguise, confusion, danger, pain and joy, representation, degrees of knowing or understanding, of power and politics—both interpersonal and imperial. This class will do close reading of examples from their sculpted language and interactions, assessing how these specific plays' men and women apprehend themselves and each other—coming to triumphant union, to possibly triumphant death—and piquantly remember that ALL of Shakespeare's players were men.