English | Early Plays of Shakespeare
L313 | 2018 | Wertheim


9:30a-10:45a TR (30) 3 cr

This course will examine eight or nine of Shakespeare's early plays.  We
shall sample the different dramatic genres--comedy, history, tragedy,
Roman plays--he was exploring at the time.  It is likely that we shall be
reading and discussing, TAMING OF THE SHREW, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, ROMEO
AND JULIET, MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, AS YOU LIKE IT,  HENRY IV, RICHARD
II,  JULIUS CAESAR,and HAMLET.  We shall be looking at the plays on the
one hand as dramatic literature, and on the other hand as stage plays for
live theatre.  Videotaped performances of the plays will be available, and
I very much hope there will be a chance for the class to attend a live
performance of at least one of the plays.  There will be three papers and
a final examination.  Students will, I hope, complete this course having
gained a genuine understanding and love of Shakespeare the thinker and of
Shakespeare the man of theatre.