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ENAM 0212 Shakespeare II: Tragedies & Romances

The course presents a detailed study of Shakespeare’s most important tragedies and romances. Close textual analysis of the individual dramas, in terms of structure and thematic content, is allied to a survey of their wider role in the wider Shakespearian corpus, and in the history of English literature at this crucial phase of its development.

Sample Topics:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Julius Caesar
  • Hamlet
  • Othello
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
  • The Winter’s Tale
  • The Tempest


 Introductory Reading:

  • McEachern, C., ed., The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003
  • Thorne, A., ed., Shakespeare’s Romances. Basingstoke: Palgrace Macmillan, 2002
  • Zimmerman, S., ed., Shakespeare’s Tragedies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1998
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I devoured the integral lectures, the seminars, the tea and biscuits, and the charming streets of Oxford. Aided by my tutors, my passion for the human...
Mike Rectenwald, Summer 2000, Geneva College