English 54:01

Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies

Tanya Pollard and Frank Morral
T-Th 1:00-2:30

HUM 213

This course will consider links, alterations, and evolution between Shakespeare's early history plays and his later tragedies. The course will explore the roots of Shakespeare's plots in historical narratives, and the relationship between history and fiction. Topics will include the importance of genre; success and succession; ambition and desire; drunkenness and revelry; father-son relationships; moral ambiguity; and the complex relationship between heroism and villainy. Assignments will include close studies of the plays' language (with the use of the Oxford English Dictionary) and structures; close readings; a staging exercise; essays; and exams.

Readings will be Richard II , Richard III , Henry IV, Part One, Henry IV, Part Two, Henry V, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra


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