Four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare remains the
central author of the English-speaking world, the most quoted poet and
the most regularly produced playwright.
In the degree course in “Linguaggi della musica, dello spettacolo e dei
media”, this course aims at presenting and discussing Shakespeare’s
plays with greater understanding and enjoyment while providing students
with the basic historical context needed to approach Shakespeare's
works. Emphasis will be placed throughout on looking attentively at some
important topics like power and leadership, although other topics such as
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Christopher Dowd, "Polysemie Brotherhoods in Henry V", Studies in
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Anny Crunelle-Vanrigh, "Henry V" as a Royal Entry", Studies in English
Literature, 1500-1900 , 47, 2, (Spring, 2007), pp. 355-377
J. Gregory Keller, “The Moral Thinking of Macbeth”, Philosophy and
Literature, 29, 1 (April 2005), pp. 41-56
Kristina Straub, “The Soldier in the Theater: Military Masculinity and the
Emergence of a Scottish Macbeth”, The Eighteenth Century, 58, 4 (Winter
2017), pp. 429-447
Ulteriori saggi critici e materiali di studio saranno messi a disposizione
degli studenti durante le lezioni.
economy, law and the representation of women will also be taken into
By the end of this course, students will have developed a strong
understanding of Shakespeare’s works—their style, their linguistic
accomplishments, their hallmarks—as well as a working knowledge of the
Elizabethan Period in which he wrote.
Students will acquire sufficient skills to give critical response to
Students will be able to discuss the plays, their contexts and topics, as
well as Shakespeare’s poetic and dramatic writing.