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Summer Semester 2020

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154525 1606 2 HS Di 14:15 - 15:45 R. 3.208 Piskurek
Course Description

PLEASE NOTE: This class will be followed by a seminar in “Kulturdidaktik” about how to mediate and teach Shakespeare in the winter semester, and a field trip to Stratford-upon-Avon in February/March 2021. These are independent classes/events, but students are certainly welcome to participate in all of them.

The early 17th century was a time of manifold changes and challenges in the British Isles. James I had recently succeeded Queen Elizabeth on the throne, and tried to united the English and the Scottish parliaments; Robert Catesby and Guy Fawkes (among others) had plotted to blow up the King and Parliament the year before; the plague returned to England; the kingdom prepared for its colonial expansion into the North Americas. It was also the year in which William Shakespeare completed three of his most important plays: Macbeth, King Lear, and Antony and Cleopatra.
Taking our cue from James Shapiro’s book 1606 – Shakespeare and the Year of Lear, we will explore the social, cultural and political history of that year, and attempt to understand how these texts interact with their historical contexts.


Course requirements will be discussed in the first session.

2009 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
2016 601, 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:
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