Shakespeare Matters

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Shakespeare’s work has influenced the way we think about our relationships and ourselves. His plays are still as relevant today as when they were written almost 400 years ago.

In this introductory course, you will learn how Shakespeare uses emotion in his plays, how his characters experience and manipulate emotions, and how the emotional resonance of the plays makes them powerfully relevant to the modern world.

As you follow and engage with the emotional journeys of characters in tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy, and history; you will discover patterns of plot, action, and speech that will help you appreciate, understand, and discuss Shakespeare’s plays.

Each week of the course will focus on a different emotion. You’ll cover the range of emotions found in Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, and King Henry V.

This course includes interactive activities, and interviews with a range of people engaged c...

Shakespeare’s work has influenced the way we think about our relationships and ourselves. His plays are still as relevant today as when they were written almost 400 years ago.

In this introductory course, you will learn how Shakespeare uses emotion in his plays, how his characters experience and manipulate emotions, and how the emotional resonance of the plays makes them powerfully relevant to the modern world.

As you follow and engage with the emotional journeys of characters in tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy, and history; you will discover patterns of plot, action, and speech that will help you appreciate, understand, and discuss Shakespeare’s plays.

Each week of the course will focus on a different emotion. You’ll cover the range of emotions found in Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, and King Henry V.

This course includes interactive activities, and interviews with a range of people engaged creatively and professionally with Shakespeare’s plays. You’ll be encouraged to interpret Shakespeare in your own way - to find ‘your Shakespeare.’

You will learn how to read a Shakespeare play and gain the tools you need to interpret its language. You will also have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to direct scenes from the plays. And you’ll learn about the various kinds of Shakespearean drama, and the dramatic and poetic techniques Shakespeare uses to investigate the human condition.

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Karen Stephens

8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 4 months ago
This was a really engaging course and the academics were very active in the forums which kept me coming back for more. Lively discussion and interesting activities and the 'speak the speeches' were a great way to learn how different delivery can be.
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Joanna Newton

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 4 months ago
Lucy is a legend! Her wealth of knowledge and her dedication to Shakespeare is truly infectious. I also loved the Shakespeare in a nutshell animations. I found them very helpful for understanding the storyline and characters. Thanks for a brilliant course.
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Brian Whipple

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 7 months ago
I was no literature major, or particularly educated in that regard, but have enjoyed seeing Shakespeare performed live. This course made his material more accessible, and I enjoyed the different ways the content was provided. After taking this course I understand Shakespeare's plays better: the language he uses and the emotions that he writes into his characters.
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