ENGLISH 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Class and Power in Shakespeare's Plays
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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The growing inequality of American—and not just American—society has received prominent coverage in recent years, for the obvious reason that the national and global consequences are disturbing. What, if anything, do Shakespeare’s plays have to say to us about contemporary personal, social, economic, and political issues in general and this issue in particular?

The course will pursue the matter of class hierarchy, and other related concerns, by considering prominent features of Shakespeare’s theater—characterization, language, and dramaturgy; by reading at least one play drawn from each of his main dramatic genres; and, optionally, by viewing a modern film version of it. We will attempt to situate Shakespeare in relation to the social and cultural trends of his own time, emphasizing both similarities to and differences from the present. 



English History play: 1 Henry IV 

Romantic comedy: As You Like It

Tragedy: King Lear and Coriolanus

Romance: The Winter’s Tale

Course Requirements:

One on each play: 3 papers of 1000-1500 words each; 1 paper of 300-600 words; 1 5-minute oral presentation; no exams.


ENGLISH 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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