Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Shakespeare: Print and Performance

Shakespeare’s plays are enduringly popular. All over the world readers are reading them, students are studying them and they are being performed to enthusiastic audiences.

Portrait of Shakespeare
Portrait of Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s plays are enduringly popular. All over the world readers are reading them, students are studying them and they are being performed to enthusiastic audiences. This course will consider six of his plays and the aim is to provide you with a detailed understanding of the social and historical context in which they were written, first performed and published and how they reflect contextual issues.

In the process, we will also consider the reasons why his work has proved so long-lasting and so international in popularity. We will examine literary and historical sources, the contemporary political and social context and how the plays reflect contextual issues. We will also explore visual and aural performance issues. We will study a range of genres (including comedy, tragedy and history) and, depending on current local productions, there will be the opportunity to see performances of one or more of the plays studied. In order to allow plenty of discussion time, we will spend two weeks considering each play.

Details:

Date: Tuesday evenings, starting 8 October 2013
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Duration: 12 meetings

 

Find us on...

Facebook Twitter YouTube iTunes U

Privacy Settings