Shakespeare's career as dramatist after 1603. Study of comedies, tragedies, and romances.
For SUMMER 2003: While not all of the plays we will consider in this course fall after the death of Elizabeth, they are close enough in time and theme to qualify as “mature” Shakespeare. This summer we will be examining the nature of this maturity, questioning the dramatist’s obsession with human frailty, and its capacity to deceive itself in matters of love, sex, marriage, war, old age, and death. Course requirements include a willingness to participate in class discussion, one longish paper, and an exam. Plays: Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, King Lear, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra.
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