All the World's a Stage: A Survey of Shakespeare

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only


Fall 2018

Taught By: Herbert Sussman

Section: A

CRN: 6994

Credits: 3

What do Shakespeare’s plays reveal about Shakespeare, about us, and about our cultural inheritance? This in-depth look at Shakespeare shows how a writer revolutionized English drama and ultimately became a central figure in world literature. Taking full advantage of online resources, we study how Shakespeare’s cultural environment and literary inheritance contributed to the flourishing of his singular genius. We read one play from each of the major genres: English history (Richard III), Roman history (Julius Caesar), comedy (As You Like it), problem plays (Measure for Measure), tragedy (Hamlet), and romance (A Winter's Tale). We also read several of his incomparable sonnets and his enigmatic poem “the Phoenix and Turtle.” In addition, we study prominent critics who have pivotally changed what Shakespeare’s plays mean for us: Samuel Johnson, A. C. Bradley, Harold Bloom, Stephen Greenblatt, and Marjorie Garber. We look particularly at the way Shakespeare handled genre: How did he innovate beyond the Greeks, writing plays that cannot be pigeonholed as tragedy or comedy?

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 22

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:10am 6/25/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/17/2018