In this course we explored the contextual and contemporary meaning of what it mean to be human in the sixteenth century and to be human now through the works of William Shakespeare. We asked questions about hierarchies, families, gender, acting, dealing with history, and how to process ideas through language. The guiding question of the class was: to what extent does Shakespeare’s work helps us understand timeless problems and how much is inherently rooted in the playwright’s own context?
Course texts: Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Othello, and The Tempest.
Simpson-Younger, Nancy. “Syllabus for English 301,” Shakespeare, Fall 2017.