Course Code
ENAM 0830
Course Type
Seminars
Subject Credit
Course Availability

Each seminar runs only subject to sufficient student demand. Shakespeare came up to London from the country, where he had already been associated with household players, just after 1590. He entered a lively world of public performance, already marked by such major dramatic presences as Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd. In this, the first half of his career, he showed a readiness to turn his hand to anything (including fairly trashy piecework collaborations with other playwrights). The seminar explores the variousness of this output, both comic and tragic. It also investigates Shakespeare’s enormous contribution to one craze of the 1590s, the English history play, and concludes (as it began) with Shakespeare’s contemplation of Roman history.

Weekly Topics:

  1. Introducing Shakespeare
  2. Titus Andronicus
  3. Henry VI, Part 2
  4. Romeo and Juliet
  5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  6. Themes and Issues
  7. Much Ado About Nothing
  8. Henry IV, Part 1
  9. Henry V
  10. Julius Caesar