Special Topics in Language & Literature: Introduction to Shakespeare

ENGLISH 190-1.01

We will look closely at a representative selection of Shakespeare's best-known plays, including comedies, histories, tragedies, romances, and problem comedies, including such works as Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, I Henry IV, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra. In class I will provide a sense of the historical situation and how the theater participated in the burning political, sexual, and aesthetic debates of its day.