We’re just beginning Tartuffe in EN203, and I think that students will be very interested in the play over the next meetings. In class, I went over some of the essential introductory context information, specifically the cultural and historical contexts of the “Enlightenment,” and then considered the resonance between that context and first reactions to the play. Some students had interesting observations, but I think many hadn’t been able to read the play completely by Thursday. After the mini-lecture, which took up about 25 minutes of classtime, and the first part of discussion, we watched the first scene of the play in a recording of a staged production (Broadway Theater Archive) by Circle in the Square.
I spent all day on Friday finishing their first essays. Whew!