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Shakespeare: Context and Stagecraft
Study fascinating theatrical and social contexts that shaped Shakespeare’s plays
On this course, you’ll explore the language, themes, and contexts of three of Shakespeare’s most widely studied and frequently performed plays.
You’ll consider the different performance choices they offer and learn about the theatrical practices that influenced Shakespeare’s stagecraft.
This course will complement curriculums across the globe while offering students the chance to delve deeper into areas that schools often don’t have time to cover, such as performance, dramaturgy, and context.
The course can be taken remotely by an entire class, offering students the option to learn together during the disruption of their studies due to COVID-19.
- Shakespeare’s stagecraft
- Early modern performance conditions and Shakespeare’s plays
- Language and how it creates meaning
- Historical and literary context of the plays
- The afterlives of Shakespeare’s plays
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explore the language and themes of Shakespeare’s plays
- Identify early modern performance practices and how they contributed to Shakespeare’s stagecraft
- Explain the plays’ social and historical context
- Compare different performance choices
Who is the course for?
This course is primarily designed for those studying or teaching Shakespeare as part of the school curriculum.
The course is also suitable for anyone new to Shakespeare, as well as those looking to refresh their knowledge.
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