Learning Shakespeare by Doing

A course on works of dramatic literature whose comparative dimension is theatrical performance. We will consider four Shakespeare plays covering a range of theatrical genres; the emphasis will be on the ways in which Shakespearean meaning can be elucidated when the reader becomes a performer. Students will move from the reading/performing of individual speeches to the staging of scenes to the question of how an overall theatrical conception for a play might be a key to the fullest understanding of the text. Students will write papers about their readings and performances; grades will be based on both the writing and the performing.


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Leonard Barkan

Class of 1943 University Professor; Associate Member of the Departments of Art and Archaeology, Classics, and English



Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm


Leonard Barkan