English 117B

Shakespeare: Later Works

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2022 Landreth, David
MW 10-11 + one discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 12-1; sec. 102: F 1-2) Social Sciences Building 56


This class offers an in-depth study of the second half of Shakespeare's career, featuring the major tragedies alongside later comedies and tragicomedies. We'll read ten of those plays together: Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Othello, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Macbeth, Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest. Our main focus will be on how Shakespeare uses the technology of the theater, and the living bodies of its actors, to craft characters and experiences that are larger than life. We'll also think a lot about the difference in values among different political systems that Shakespeare stages, and how they interact with differences in time, place, race, gender, and genre.

All of our plays are available to Cal students for free via the library's online resources (in the Arden Shakespeare editions). If you prefer to read paper, the best bang for your buck is vol. 2 of The Norton Shakespeare, which includes all our plays but Julius Caesar, plus a paperback of that play; I've ordered this combination at the bookstore. But any post-1970 edition of a play will do, as long as you find the annotations sufficient to understand the language.

Discussion Sections

101 Karczmar, Naima
F 12-1 Wheeler 108
102 Karczmar, Naima
F 1-2 Wheeler 102

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