Early Plays of Shakespeare

L313 — Spring 2020

Linda Charnes
Days and Times
1:00-2:15 TR
Course Description

TOPIC: “Queen Elizabeth”

In this course we will read six plays from Shakespeare’s earlier career, roughly pre-1600. What were the issues that most obsessed the young playwright, and how do they provide a roadmap into how to understand his entire career? A self-made man who came to London with little means, how did Shakespeare manage to create such a staggering career? Why were his plays popular? More importantly, how does he carve a place for himself by upping the ante for his fellow playwrights? Reading will include The Taming of the Shrew; The Merchant of Venice; King Richard II; Henry V; Troilus and Cressida; Hamlet.

Requirements: two essays, a midterm and a creative final exam. Attendance and participation will count for 20% of your course grade.