Shakespeare: The Major Works
What’s the big deal about Shakespeare? Why have so many people loved his plays so much for so long? I believe that we value Shakespeare so highly because he creates such extraordinarily complex, rich, and intense experiences for audiences.
In this course, we will investigate how Shakespeare’s plays generate such experiences. We will spend most of our time analyzing how Shakespeare’s extravagantly beautiful language works its magic on us. We’ll also give lots of time to thinking about how these plays work as theatrical entertainments. We won’t use the plays as excuses to talk about other things, like social injustices or the meaning of life.