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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Shakespeare's reputation
    • Julius Caesar
    • Richard II
    • Othello
    • Twelfth Night
    • Measure for Measure
    • The Winter's Tale
    • The 'Authorship Question'
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. write clear and cogent literary criticism
  2. understand and think through complex ethical questions
  3. engage in intellectual reasoning at an improved level
  4. successfully undertake literary-historical research
  5. speak with some authority about Shakespeare's major plays
  6. write and orally communicate effectively.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-HUM7401

Special requirements

No special requirements

The purpose of the subject is to provide an overview of Shakespeare's dramatic achievement, and to engage with it at first hand, by reading and studying a representative selection of half a dozen of his best known plays. The main emphasis will be on reading and responding to each of the plays in terms of their meaning and relevance for the world of the 21st century; but some work will also be done on their relation to the culture and politics of the English Renaissance (when they were first written and performed), and on their 'appropriation' by audiences and readers in later periods. It will attempt to 'demystify' Shakespeare's work while at the same time acknowledging and beginning to appreciate the unique power which gave rise to its mystique.

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