Rethinking Shakespeare (EAS1041)

15 credits

This module explores Shakespeare’s King Lear, As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew from a wide range of perspectives. You will examine the contexts of the plays’ production and reception; the plays' print history; early modern performance practices, and how other writers and film directors have adapted Shakespeare’s plays. Through engaging with the sources and precursors to Shakespeare’s plays, the intricacies of textual production and editorial history, as well as how these plays have been reimagined by other writers, you will be asked to rethink notions of textual stability in relation to the ‘Shakespearean text’ and encounter the nuances and richness available within Shakespeare Scholarship.