Shakespeare’s Tragedies - Fall 2018
(LIT223-1 FA2018)

Samuel Johnson warned that one ought not to read more than one of Shakespeare’s tragedies per year. We will run the risk by reading a handful of tragedies and by exploring the means by which the playwright increases the depth of sorrow even as he narrows its focus onto the individual. As we will find, Shakespeare presents us with tragedies that fulfill and explode expectations. In this course we will interrogate his methods, the contexts of the plays, and our aesthetic sense of comedy and tragedy on stage. Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, King Lear