MIYASHITA Yayoi Assistant Professor
Research Subject

Application of a Narrative Theory to the Shakespearean Drama

Research Fields
Shakespearean Drama, Narrative Theory, Medieval English Literature
Faculty - Division / Research Group / Laboratory
Division of Humanities / Research Group of Cultural Representations / Laboratory of European and American Literature
Graduate School - Division / Department / Laboratory
Division of Humanities / Department of Cultural Representations / Laboratory of European and American Literature
School - Course / Laboratory
Division of Humanities and Human Sciences / Course of Linguistics and Literature / Laboratory of European and American Literature

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Although Shakespearean criticism has its 400 years’ history, you can analyse each play from a new perspective. In my class, we read Shakespeare’s plays carefully. For example, when Macbeth murders Duncan, he says, “Methought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more: / Macbeth does murder sleep, . . . ” “Methought” in this sentence is an impersonal verb, whose meaning is “it seemed to me.” Therefore, it does not mean that Macbeth actively thought that he heard a voice cry, but it seemed to him that he heard a voice cry: he could not resist the hearing of the voice. To understand Macbeth’s torment, correct understanding of the grammar is essential. In the class, I also instruct how to write a critical essay on the basis of a precise reading of the text.

In the undergraduate course seminar, we read G. Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. By reading medieval literary works, you can study the history of English with concrete specimens and enlarge your understanding of the English language. In this class, we see examples how a language changes, and it will stimulate the students who are interested in how a language behaves.