HUMAN 1B Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Openair, Sea Venture

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February 1, 2017
The Tempest: Lecture 1
“You taught me language, and my profit on’t
Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you
For learning me your language!”
Caliban to Prospero in The Tempest (I. 362-364)
The Empire Within?
anonymous map based on one by Ortelius (16th c. Flemish cartographer), enclosed within
the visor of a fool’s cap, c. 1600 (image #1)
language is the partner of empire
quote from above – language forces Caliban to
imagine ideas he doesn’t want to imagine
Shakespeare Facts (1564-1616)
not an isolated genius – businessman, theatrical
entrepreneur with colonial investments writing at dawn
of (later) British Empire
invested in Virginia Company (still big business today)
belongs to you because it’s your language
introduced over 1700 new words into English in response to colonial expansion/trade,
including “eyeball” from The Tempest
“addiction,” “belonging,” “bedazzled”
plays performed in “old globe” theaters
open-air, other events occur at the same place nearby, such as bear-fighting,
magicians, and prostitutes
The Tempest played at a new theater – has many special effects that wouldn’t be
possible otherwise; more control over environment
Spanish Empire VS. British Empire
large continental country with great weather
based on extraction of wealth (gold and silver)
return of new world wealth to crown
mixed with indigenous people
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