Deepen your understanding of Shakespeare

Unlock the mysteries of Shakespeare's plays while developing critical thinking and writing skills essential for college success.

You'll explore how clues to the acting and staging of Shakespeare's plays are embedded in Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, King Lear, Hamlet, and The Merchant of Venice.

Through readings, video excerpts, and in-class explorations, you'll learn how the texts provide blueprints for their production.

You'll investigate how these plays reflect their social, political, and literary inspirations, and look at the changing assumptions that audience members and readers bring to plays over time.

You'll have the opportunity to see a play staged by the Ithaca Shakespeare Company, and at the Cornell Library you'll view rare 17th-century folio editions of Shakespeare's plays as well as an 1866 copy of Hamlet owned by Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth.

This is a dramatic literature course. No acting or previous experience with Shakespeare is required.