ENGL404 - Shakespeare: The Later Works

This course uses a number of Shakespeare's late plays to examine the ways the playwright asks us to imagine his characters and their worlds "between the lines." We will be interested in particular in the techniques by which knowledge is disclosed or not disclosed in Shakespeare's drama, and by which we are compelled to rationalize or sympathize. Close consideration of the plays, their sources, and their historical context will be combined with attention to how a number of critics (including Bloom, Coleridge, and Freud) have attempted to describe Shakespeare's unfolding drama of interiority. Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion. Regular reading quizzes, two papers, and a final examination.


Two English courses in literature or permission of the department.