John C Coldewey
Shakespeare's career as dramatist after 1603. Study of comedies, tragedies, and romances.
Engl 324 explores six of Shakespeare's later plays, including the four "great" tragedies (Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth) and two of his late romances (The Winter's Tale, The Tempest). We will be concerned with discovering how tragedy frees and traps, and how Shakespeare transcended form in his last dramatic visions.
Student learning goals
to learn about Shakespeare, his work and its power – that is, the power of his language, vision, craft and culture.
to understand why Shakespeare's work continues to matter for any appreciation of English and world literature.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading