Welcome to Shakespeare's Greatest Hits

Whether you are a novice who never got Shakespeare in high school or simply hated it, or you like Shakespeare but want to go deeper, or one who sees as many Shakespeare plays as you possibly can, but still want to know more, you will have a good time here. I will use the Folger Shakespeare Library’s digital text for handouts, and you will have access to the full plays if you want them. You will not need to read the plays in advance to get lots from this class.

After an introduction in week 1, each session will be devoted to a specific play. We will focus on Shakespeare’s language throughout each session. We will look at some key scenes on video, read the best lines, and explore the major characters

9/12 Week 1: Prologue

9/19 Week 2: Twelfth Night

9/26 Week 3: A Midsummer Night's Dream

10/3 Week 4: The Merchant of Venice

10/10 Week 5: Othello

10/17 Week 6: Othello and Hamlet

10/24 Week 7: Hamlet

10/31 Week 8: Macbeth

11/7 Week 9: King Lear

11/14 Week 10: The Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, and Henry 5

11/28 Week 11: Epilogue