The class will dive deep into reading and discussions of six Shakespeare comedies, The Tempest, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It, focusing on the structure, plot, character, and language, as well as influences and original source material for these plays. Why do Shakespeare’s comedies endure, what can we learn about storytelling, human nature, and contemporary life through discussions of works of are over four hundred years old? We will also screen and discuss contemporary and 20th Century films based on individual plays. Students should expect to write critical essays, take in-class reading quizzes, complete a longer final project, and participate actively and vocally in class conversations.
Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: All courses , Literature , Hybrid In-Person and Remote
Tags: british literature , pre-20th century literature , Writing , critical writing , shakespeare , literature , plays , comedies