Shakespeare’s Major Tragedies

It is on the pillars of the four major tragedies that Shakespeare’s reputation most firmly rests. The seminar is designed to explore these four plays in detail, trying to see what makes them great in the way that almost all readers and audiences have recognized. We will think about them as plays to be performed, as drama to be read, and as texts that have been constructed by the activities of various people, Shakespeare of course the first among them. And we will think about them as plays deeply embedded in the history of their own moment, as well as in later histories, which they in some part are responsible for.

Students who wish to enroll in a section of this seminar should participate in online Freshman Seminar preregistration, which opens at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016 and closes promptly at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

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TTh 2.30pm-3.45pm
WR, Hu
Pre-1800 Lit