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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21L.009 (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Shakespeare 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Literature 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Diana Henderson
    Prof. Peter Donaldson
    Prof. Shankar Raman 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 21L.009 Shakespeare



    Spring 2004




    Course Highlights


    All readings and assignments for this course may be downloaded.


    Course Description


    Three hundred and eighty years after his death, William Shakespeare remains the central author of the English-speaking world; he is the most quoted poet and the most regularly produced playwright — and now among the most popular screenwriters as well. Why is that, and who "is" he? Why do so many people think his writing is so great? What meanings did his plays have in his own time, and how do we read, speak, or listen to his words now? What should we watch for when viewing his plays in performance? Whose plays are we watching, anyway? We'll consider these questions as we carefully examine a sampling of Shakespeare's plays from a variety of critical perspectives.

    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

     

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