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A177 Shakespeare: An Introduction

This short introductory course (10 points, 12 weeks' study) is taught online.

The course focuses on two of Shakespeare's plays — The Taming of the Shrew, a dark comedy about the battle of the sexes, and Romeo and Juliet, one of the most famous tragedies ever written. Through close study of these two plays, the course offers a stimulating introduction to Shakespearean drama and to the study of literature at university level.

You will get a good grounding in how to read and analyse Shakespeare's language and gain experience of studying plays both as printed texts and as works written for performance. You will be able to consider some of the connections between the two set plays and the society in which they were written while exploring Shakespeare's treatment of such thematic concerns as marriage, the family and gender relations.

Tuition on the course will be conducted online, which will give you the opportunity to exchange views and ideas on the plays not only with your tutor but also with the other students in your tutorial group.

Please note February 2012 is the final start date for this course.

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