CANCELLED: English - Free topic 5: Explorations in Shakespeare and Shakespeare and the Natural World

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Explorations in Shakespeare (Charles Lock)

A close reading of five plays so as to bring out the small details that determine the various genres and their development in terms of plot and character

As You Like It (Comedy)
Richard II (History)
Macbeth (Tragedy)
Antony and Cleopatra (tragedy-romance-comedy?)
A Winter’s Tale (Romance-tragedy-comedy?)

Secondary works will be indicated at the beginning of the course.

All texts are to be studied in the latest series of the Arden edition.


Shakespeare and the Natural World (Søs Haugaard)

This course proposes to take a fresh look at the representation of the relationship between man and the natural world in Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. 

Ecocritical approaches to Shakespearean drama have generated new readings of Shakespeare’s plays and produced a renewed critical interest not only in representations of the natural world in Shakespeare but also in Elizabethan and Jacobean religion and cosmology. It is on this background that we will be pursuing new discoveries in Shakespeare’s texts.

Course reading will include As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, King Lear and Titus Andronicus as well as critical studies including: MacFaul, Tom. Shakespeare and the Natural World. Cambridge University Press, 2015. Scott, Charlotte. Shakespeares Nature: from Cultivation to Culture. Oxford University Press, 2014. Lander, Bonnie, and Eleanor Sian Decamp. Blood Matters: Studies in European Literature and Thought, 1400-1700. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.

This course only leads to exams Free Topic 4 with Written and Oral Proficiency in English.

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Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • English
  • 409,5