Undergraduate English Courses Spring 2018
358:315 Shakespeare: The Later Plays
01 TTH4 CAC 11781 LEVAO AB-2400
The course is dedicated to eight major plays written across the second half of Shakespeare’s career. The brilliance and complexity of his earlier, or Elizabethan, works deepened in the Jacobean period, maintaining much of his ingenuity and exuberance while darkening their portrayal of psychological and ethical conflict. We will read a remarkable series of powerful tragedies together with some quirky but ambitious comedies—the so-called “problem comedies” and “late romances.” The order of our readings will be roughly chronological: Measure for Measure, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest.