Major Authors, Beginning to 1603: Shakespeare: Comedies/Histories

English 4166/7166
Shakespeare: Comedies/Histories
Section 1
David Read
Tate 110

This course is the first part of a year-long survey of Shakespeare's plays, and covers the comedies and historical dramas written mainly during the first half of his career. The first half of the course will likely include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night; the second half will address Richard III, Richard II, Henry IV Part I, and Henry V. We will read and discuss the plays in close detail but also consider their relation to the society and culture in which they were written and performed. Course requirements: a midterm and a final examination; two 5-7 page analytical papers.