Shakespeare's Career

Shakespeare’s Career (I) (Pre-1800)
In this course we will study the whole arc of William Shakespeare's literary career from the earliest histories, comedies, and non-dramatic poetry to the more mature tragedies and romances, with an eye to understanding Shakespeare’s development as a writer in his own time. How might the plays have resonated for his first audiences on stage, and how have subsequent readers drawn their own meanings from the published texts? Reading one play a week, we will pay close attention to such dramaturgical issues as Shakespeare’s construction of character and of plot, his adaptation of sources, and his modes of versification, as well as the ethical, political, and commercial implications of Shakespeare’s works during his lifetime, some of which stand in contrast with what we learn from them today. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc./3 hrs. screen.
English & American Literatures
English & American Literatures
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Fall 2017

ENAM0330A-F17 Lecture (Billings)

Fall 2016

ENAM0330A-F16 Lecture (Billings)

Fall 2015

ENAM0330A-F15 Lecture (Billings)
ENAM0330Y-F15 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Z-F15 Discussion (Billings)

Spring 2015

ENAM0330A-S15 Lecture (Billings)
ENAM0330Y-S15 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Z-S15 Discussion (Billings)

Fall 2013

ENAM0330A-F13 Lecture (Billings)
ENAM0330X-F13 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Y-F13 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Z-F13 Discussion (Billings)

Fall 2011

ENAM0330A-F11 Lecture (Billings)
ENAM0330X-F11 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Y-F11 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Z-F11 Discussion (Billings)

Fall 2009

ENAM0330A-F09 Lecture (Billings)
ENAM0330X-F09 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Y-F09 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Z-F09 Discussion (Billings)

Spring 2009

ENAM0330A-S09 Lecture (Billings)
ENAM0330X-S09 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Y-S09 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Z-S09 Discussion (Billings)

Fall 2007

ENAM0330A-F07 Lecture (Billings)
ENAM0330X-F07 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Y-F07 Discussion (Billings)
ENAM0330Z-F07 Discussion (Billings)

Fall 2006

ENAM0330A-F06 Lecture
ENAM0330Y-F06 Discussion
ENAM0330Z-F06 Discussion