To account for the position of Shakespeare in contemporary global culture. Among the issues to be covered are: Shakespeare’s language, dramatic structures and genre conventions; consideration of his work in its original historical and cultural contexts (this includes the Elizabethan and Jacobean performing space and all-male acting companies); the history of Shakespeare scholarship; and the approximate chronology (insofar as it can be determined) of the plays (the next section presents them in what would be a consensually-agreed order of composition).
Two hour seminar per week.
A thorough knowledge of the following plays will have been gained: The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1 Henry IV, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest.
G. Blakemore Evans, et al., eds. The Riverside Shakespeare, second edition (New York & Boston: Houghton & Mifflin, 1997).
Recommended editions of individual plasy will appear in due course on Blackboard.
2,500-3,000 word essay(40%); written test (60%).
The timetable will be available from June 1st on the Internet.
English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or by mail: English@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Students can register through U-twist before 15 July. After 15 July students can only register through the Departmental Office.
There will be a Blackboard site available.