The Life and Times of William Shakespeare Through His Drama

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Course: The Life and Times of William Shakespeare Through His Drama
Tutor: Dr Anna Clarke
Start Date: 23rd April 2019
Start Time: Tea
End Date: 25th April 2019
End Time: Lunch
Res Fee (from): £342.00
Non Res Fee: £234.00 What's included?

This course will examine the arc of Shakespeare’s work and life as a dramatist, following the preoccupations of his plays from his time as a young playwright in London, through the height of his success working in the employ of a monarch, to the time before he retires back to Stratford. We will trace the trajectory of his career by studying one of the comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a tragedy of Hamlet, and a late romance, The Tempest. We will explore the language and dramatic possibilities of the plays, with opportunities to view screen adaptations of the classics. With Shakespeare traditionally believed to have been born and died on St George’s Day, we will also consider his role in creating a sense of national identity. The course is open to all and students would be expected to have either read or seen each of the plays studied. 

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Dr Anna Clarke

Dr Anna Clarke has taught Literature at the Open University, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Essex. She has also shared her passion for literature as an experienced and popular tutor of Adult Education courses at Dillington House, Urchfont Manor and Layer Marney Towers, amongst other venues across the country. Her specialisms include 19th and 20th century novel, Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature, Critical Theory and Postcolonial studies.

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