The module is organised chronologically in order to focus attention on different stages, genres, and periods of Shakespeare’s career as a dramatist, and begins with a lecture on the contexts of Shakespeare’s theatre, including political and social influences. Close study of at least seven plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and The Tempest, will encourage students to explore aspects of tradition and innovation in Shakespeare’s use of theatrical modes. The module will allow students to integrate a knowledge of the intellectual, cultural and stage history of the period into their study of the texts.

Term(s) offered: Autumn term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 5.0
General Education: II A 1 or III B 2