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Shakespeare On the Page and in Performance: Young Love

Wellesley College via edX

Overview

This literature and theater course will delve into two wonderful plays of young love, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and try to bring alive what makes them so compelling and popular -- as both literature and drama.

As we explore the genius of the plays on the page, we will also study the lives of the plays in performance, from Shakespeare's own theatre to the stages and screens across the globe today. To help us further, actors will occasionally join our effort to demonstrate ways of bringing the text alive as living theatre.

Syllabus

Week 1:

  • Introduction to Theatre in Shakespeare's Time
  • Romeo and Juliet

Week 2:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

Week 3:

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

Taught by

Yu Jin Ko and Diego Arciniegas

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