Shakespeare (ENGL2640)


This unit is an intensive study of plays by Shakespeare in a variety of genres, particularly focusing on current critical interventions, as well as the detailed reading of Shakespeare's dramatic language. Current approaches to Shakespeare read his texts as a way of thinking about ideas of urgent concern in the twenty first century: the environment and ideas of the natural; sexuality and gender; scepticism and belief. Watching film versions of the plays will form an integral part of our study.

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2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x500wd metaphor exercise (20%), 1x2000wd essay (45%), 1x1.5hr exam (35%)

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(12 junior credit points from English) or (6 junior credit points from English and AMST 1001) or (12 junior credit points from at least one of the following: European Studies, European, Middle Eastern or Classical Languages/Studies, Asian Studies, English, Government and International Relations, Ancient History, Philosophy, Political Economy, Sociology or Media and Communication)



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