Over the course of his career, Shakespeare wrote for two professional clowns, Will Kempe and Robert Armin. About the time Armin replaced Kempe, he had moved away from entertaining audiences with the farcical antics of clowns and had begun deploying the wit of “allowed fools,” satirists like Feste and Touchstone. This course will trace the evolution of Shakespeare’s Fool and of his comic genius by studying closely Twelfth Night and As You Like It.
GROUP LEADER: Helen Whall received her PhD from Yale University in 1976 and joined the faculty of the College of the Holy Cross. There she taught courses in Shakespeare, the Renaissance, Renaissance Drama, Law and Drama and Dramatic Comedy. She has published a book on Pre-Shakespearean drama and numerous essays on Shakespeare and his contemporaries as well as modern and contemporary playwrights. Professor Whall also served as the theater reviews editor for Theatre Journal.
REQUIRED BOOKS: The Folger editions of Twelfth Night, ISBN# 978-1980416838 and As You Like It, ISBN# 978-0743484862
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609