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ENGL 218 N - Introduction to Shakespeare

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Representative readings of Shakespeare's drama and poetry in the context of his age, with emphasis on major plays; selections vary from section to section. Course Information: Prerequisite: Completion of the Composition I requirement.

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This course aims to give you an introduction to analyzing Shakespeare-s drama, including some of his lesser-known works, by reading at least seven of his plays, from Richard III to the As You Like It, alongside background essays and contextual materials. We will explore Shakespeare-s growing versatility in a range of dramatic genres: history, comedy, tragedy, and romance. Across these genres, we will investigate the development of his poetic skill, focusing on language alongside plot and character. We will think about his plays not only as historical artifacts, produced within a specific context and responding to prior works, but also as living texts that continue to be performed and discussed today. We will therefore intertwine multiple methods in our analysis. We-ll engage in close reading of his dramatic verse (which is, after all, often poetry); analyze historical background and genre (to situate Shakespeare both within his historical time period and in relation to literary c

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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