Shakespeare: On the Page and in Performance

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Shakespeare wrote for a popular audience and was immensely successful. Shakespeare is also rightly regarded as one of the greatest playwrights the world has known. This course will try to understand both Shakespeare’s popularity and his greatness by starting from a simple premise: that the fullest appreciation of Shakespeare can be achieved only when literary study is combined with analysis of the plays as theatre. Hence, as we delve into the dimensions that make Shakespeare’s plays so extraordinary--from the astonishing power of their language to their uncanny capacity to illuminate so much of human life--we will also explore them in performance from Shakespeare’s own theatre to the modern screen. At the same time, actors will occasionally join our effort and demonstrate ways of bringing the text alive as living theatre. Plays to be studied will include Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Ki...

Shakespeare wrote for a popular audience and was immensely successful. Shakespeare is also rightly regarded as one of the greatest playwrights the world has known. This course will try to understand both Shakespeare’s popularity and his greatness by starting from a simple premise: that the fullest appreciation of Shakespeare can be achieved only when literary study is combined with analysis of the plays as theatre. Hence, as we delve into the dimensions that make Shakespeare’s plays so extraordinary--from the astonishing power of their language to their uncanny capacity to illuminate so much of human life--we will also explore them in performance from Shakespeare’s own theatre to the modern screen. At the same time, actors will occasionally join our effort and demonstrate ways of bringing the text alive as living theatre. Plays to be studied will include Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, King Lear, and The Winter's Tale.

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Is there a required textbook?
The texts of all six plays will be required. Free, electronic versions can be found on numerous sites on the internet, including the following, which offers pdf downloads: http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/download.html. However, free, internet editions do not provide glosses or notes that explain difficult words and phrases. We strongly recommend that participants purchase texts (paper or electronic) that provide important aids to reading.

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Anne B

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 4 months ago
Loved this course since the professor was fantastic! His enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the plays made this course really enjoyable from beginning to end. The students taking the course also added to its appeal as some of them were very engaged with the material. It would be great if professor Ko would offer another course with different plays!
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Katie K

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
The content and the instructor were excellent. This was the longest mooc I have ever taken (it was ten weeks in its first version; they later divided it in two), but I had no problem whatsoever keeping up with it. This was because the professor had a fantastic way of delivering the lectures. Many of the lectures were real ones filmed at Wellesley and this was a lot of fun to watch because you saw the professor interacting with young students. An inspiring teacher with a creative, sensitive look at Shakespeare's material. I'm a teacher myself, I regularly teach Shakespeare, and I can only strive to achieve this excellence. The platform has its weaknesses, as discussions are really hard to follow up on, especially if many students are enrolled in the course and active in the fora. I wish edx would change the way the fora are organized so that it is easier to find one's contributions.
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Eleftheria Eleftheraki

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
A great course. Helped me read and understand each of these 6 beautiful works of Shakespeare. Through professor's Ko guidance, reading the text from the original became an exciting task, even though English is not my mother language.
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3 years, 11 months ago
The professor's enthusiasm is very much in evidence. The learning material can be difficult to find on the EDX Platform. The discussions among students was very enlightening - but again, this aspect was let down by the EDX platform. I would recommend to other students. It is a very busy course with tight deadlines if one wishes to earn a certifitcate. I learned a lot from it.
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Sherida Yoder

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 12 months ago
This is a wonderful professor. He explains Shakespeare with such sensitivity, insight, and gentleness that the entire course was enjoyable and illuminating. I learned so much about how to read and understand Shakespeare. I am grateful to this superb professor, Dr. Yu Jin Ko.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 5 months ago
What a gorgeous teacher! It's amazing how the spirituality connects people with absolutely different continents. Bravo, Mr. Yu Jin Ko!
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