A survey of Shakespeare’s poems and plays, including sonnets, some ten representative comedies, histories, and tragedies from his
earlier, middle, and later periods, and a generically mixed romance. While the focus will be on literary analysis, the class will also
explore the greater context of Shakespeare, from the historical meanings of words in his texts to the performance of his works today.
This course is designed to provide students with extensive practice in close textual analysis in preparation for enjoying Shakespeare
throughout their lives.