John C Coldewey
Shakespeare's career as dramatist before 1603 (including Hamlet). Study of history plays, comedies, and tragedies.
In this course we will be considering some of the plays Shakespeare wrote during the first half of his career. Already they are masterpieces, mainly comedies and histories. The plays we will be reading include The Brothers Menaechmus (a main source for Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors), The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV Part 1, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet. Maybe Measure for Measure or Titus Andronicus too, depending on our pace. Work will include 2 quizzes, 2 short papers, participation in a class presentation, and postings to our discussion site.
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