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The course is an opportunity for you to enjoy and understand Shakespeare's tremendous achievement in the theatre.  We will take a wide variety of critical approaches to a diverse selection of his plays across multiple genres.  We will perform close readings of his dazzling language, while also experiementing with forms of distant reading.  We will ask whether Shakespeare's substantial borrowings from other writers represent homage, collaboration, or even plagiarism, and we will examine the historical contexts and theatrical traditions in which he worked.  We will think about how Shakespeare has over the centuries become such a canonical figure, and we will ask what Shakespeare has to tell us about polictics and society today, in the age of Brexit, Trump, and Twitter.  By the end of the course, you will have gained a sophisticated appreciation of the breadth and depth, the complexity and the pleasures of Shakespeare's theatrical art.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1



Delivery Mode

Fully on-site

Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Course Outline

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Additional Information

This course is offered as General Education.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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