ENGL403 - Shakespeare: The Early Works

This course will examine the early plays of Shakespeare through the lens of the conscious and unconscious mind. Using the works of Carole Levin (Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desires in Court and Culture) and Garrett Sullivan (Memory and forgetting in English Renaissance drama: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster), we will consider the role of the waking and sleeping mind in Shakespeare's early works. Starting with tragedies such as Richard II, and Richard III; moving through comedies such as A Midsummer Night's Dream; and culminating in a study of Hamlet we will explore the landscape of consciousness that is depicted in these plays. One class period will be dedicated to visiting the exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library that will be devoted to these issues. You will be asked to write one short paper (4-6 pages), and two slightly longer ones (6-8 pages) during the term.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.