Middlebury

ENGL 0330

Shakespeare's Career

Shakespeare’s Career (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. Weather permitting, some meetings may be held outside in person. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc./3 hrs. screen. (Formerly ENAM 0330)
Subject:
English
Department:
English
Division:
Literature
Requirements Fulfilled:
EUR LIT
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Spring 2023

ENGL0330A-S23 Lecture

Fall 2005

ENGL0330A-F05 Lecture (Billings)
ENGL0330Y-F05 Discussion (Billings)
ENGL0330Z-F05 Discussion (Billings)

Fall 2004

ENGL0330A-F04 Lecture (Billings)

Spring 2004

ENGL0330A-S04 Lecture (Billings)