How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

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How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

2013

Shakespeare's plays are masterworks, but they can be hard to understand for a modern English speaker. Gain direct insight into Shakespeare's writing in this course which explains how to enter Shakespeare's world, how to grasp...

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Marc Conner Ph.D.

In This Series

Approaching Shakespeare—The Scene Begins
Episode 1
Approaching Shakespeare—The Scene Begins
Shakespeare’s Theater and Stagecraft
Episode 2
Shakespeare’s Theater and Stagecraft
A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Comic Tools
Episode 3
A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Comic Tools
A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Comic Structure
Episode 4
A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Comic Structure
Romeo and Juliet—Words, Words, Words
Episode 5
Romeo and Juliet—Words, Words, Words
Romeo and Juliet—The Tools of Tragedy
Episode 6
Romeo and Juliet—The Tools of Tragedy
Appearance versus Reality in Twelfth Night
Episode 7
Appearance versus Reality in Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night—More Comic Tools
Episode 8
Twelfth Night—More Comic Tools
Richard II—History and Kingship
Episode 9
Richard II—History and Kingship
Politics as Theater in Henry IV, Part I
Episode 10
Politics as Theater in Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part 2—Contrast and Complexity
Episode 11
Henry IV, Part 2—Contrast and Complexity
The Drama of Ideas in Henry V
Episode 12
The Drama of Ideas in Henry V
Macbeth—“Foul and Fair”
Episode 13
Macbeth—“Foul and Fair”
The Tragic Woman in Macbeth
Episode 14
The Tragic Woman in Macbeth
Staging Hamlet
Episode 15
Staging Hamlet
The Religious Drama of Hamlet
Episode 16
The Religious Drama of Hamlet
The Women of Hamlet
Episode 17
The Women of Hamlet
The Merchant of Venice—Comedy or Tragedy?
Episode 18
The Merchant of Venice—Comedy or Tragedy?
The Arc of Character in The Merchant of Venice
Episode 19
The Arc of Character in The Merchant of Venice
Measure for Measure—Is This Comedy?
Episode 20
Measure for Measure—Is This Comedy?
Measure for Measure—Overcoming Tragedy
Episode 21
Measure for Measure—Overcoming Tragedy
Tools of Romance in The Tempest
Episode 22
Tools of Romance in The Tempest
The Tempest—Shakespeare’s Farewell to Art
Episode 23
The Tempest—Shakespeare’s Farewell to Art
The Tools for a Lifetime of Shakespeare
Episode 24
The Tools for a Lifetime of Shakespeare