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ENG 155d: Topics in Literary Studies: Shakespeare’s Tragedies      

Professor Ciscsery-Ronay

In this course we will study Shakespeare’s four great tragic dramas -- Hamlet. Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear --, with a special emphasis on the development of Shakespeare’s tragic world view. In addition to close readings of texts, we will examine some general theories of tragedy, the historical contexts in which Shakespearean drama emerged, and several modern adaptations.