About This Course
This course aims to give the beginning to intermediate reader of Shakespeare a fresh perspective on him as a figure in English-language literary history and on his body of work. We will read a selection of his plays and sonnets, giving particular attention to generic conventions and innovation, contemporary historical contexts, and Shakespeare's language. We will also consider the ways the meaning of the literary text would be compounded by its performance on the English Renaissance stage.
Sample textbook: McDonald, Russ. The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2001 (978-0312248802).
Sample course topics: Shakespeare, poetry, performance, product, comedy, tragedy, history, romance, and global Shakespeare.