Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option
Description: This course introduces students to William Shakespeare's drama and poetry in a survey of his work, its historical and political context, and its influence on subsequent literature. Students study and analyze representative plays and poems from the perspectives of theme, character, structure, and language, addressing relevant social, political, cultural, and religious issues. Students critically analyze, in essays and other writing assignments, specific works, criticism from his contemporaries to the modern day, interpretations of his works on both stage and screen, and other topics as assigned. This course is designed for students majoring in English and other related majors as well as those with a general interest in the author or the period.