ENGLISH 467 - Topics in Shakespeare
Section: 201 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Family
Term: SU 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This class meets the Pre-1600 requirement for the English Major.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prior course work in Shakespeare is recommended.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will examine the dramaturgy of William Shakespeare, beginning early in his career with Romeo and Juliet and ending with King Lear. In between these two works, Shakespeare wrote, or co-wrote, a number of remarkable plays in a variety of dramaturgical genres. We will consider what constitutes Shakespearean comedy and tragedy in particular by focusing on families in Shakespeare:

  • how do they come into being,
  • what societal pressures and anxieties do they reflect, and
  • how does Shakespeare construe the importance of familial bonds as opposed to other bonds (for example, the bonds of friendship, the bonds of nationalism, and the bonds of religion)?
We will look at families, and familial relations, in a number of plays, including The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet. We will also consider courtship in the context of Shakespearean comedy, history, and tragedy, by studying Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, and Othello. Shakespeare drew, relentlessly and imaginatively, from a dizzying array of sources, including folktales, romances, novellas, historical chronicles, and contemporary events, and we will assess the impact that these diverse genres had on his work. In an attempt to appreciate the interpretive possibilities opened up by Shakespearean drama, we will also consider some modern, cinematic adaptations of his work. The second edition of The Norton Shakespeare is the assigned text for this course.

ENGLISH 467 - Topics in Shakespeare
Schedule Listing
201 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 9780393111354
The Norton Shakespeare, Author: Stephen Greenblatt, general editor ; Walter Cohen, Jean E. Howard, Katharine Eisaman Maus [editors] ; with an essay on the Shakespearean stage by Andrew Gurr., Publisher: W.W. Norton 2nd ed. 2008
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