This course will involve the intensive study of selected plays by Shakespeare. Its main goal is to help students develop both a critical and a theatrical eye. Careful attention will be paid to the complexity of Shakespeare's language, as well as to the plays' roles as cultural artefacts both today and in the past.
Instructor: Jessica Slights
Prerequisites: ENGL 1406 (1413/23) with a C- or better.
Course Type: Online; Continuous-intake. Register anytime and learn at your own pace
This course aims to introduce you to the study of Shakespeare's plays at the university level. You will explore 5 plays in detail and you will also learn about the political, social, and economic context in which the plays were written and first performed. You do not need to have read any Shakespeare before to enjoy the course, but you should be prepared to invest some time and energy in order to get the most out of this experience. In this course, you'll focus on Shakespeare's tragedies and romances.
"Shakespeare 1" (ENGL 2183) focuses on the histories and comedies. "Shakespeare 1" (ENGL 2183) and "Shakespeare 2" (ENGL 2193) are not sequential. This means that you are welcome to take both courses and that you may take them in whichever order you prefer.