ENGL403 - Shakespeare: The Early Works
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Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.

Close study of selected works from the first half of Shakespeare's career. Generic issues of early histories, comedies, tragedies. Language, theme, dramatic technique, sources, and early modern English social-historical context.

This course will examine the early plays of Shakespeare through the lens of the conscious and unconscious mind. We will consider the role of the waking and sleeping mind, of faculty psychology, and of early modern ideas of how the body interacts with the soul 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. You will be asked to write one short paper (4-6 pages), and two slightly longer ones (6-8 pages) during the term.

Prerequisites: 

Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.