Examination of Shakespeare’s depiction of tragic experience, the alienation of the tragic protagonist both from nature and from the normative ties of culture. Consideration of five major tragedies (Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra), one history (1 Henry IV, Part One), and three major romances (Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest). Readings also include theories of tragedy and tragic thought.
Prerequisite: for English majors, ENGL 125 or 126. For Literature majors, LITR 120. The course is open to non-majors, but they will not have first priority.