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Shakespearean Psychology and Tragic Form: Macbeth and King Lear
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Many critics consider these two plays the summit of Shakespeare’s achievement. Drawing partly on the reading and viewing experiences of class members, we will discuss many aspects of the plays. How do they reflect cultural anxieties of English folk in 1606? How does Shakespeare utterly transform his source material into a compelling and archetypal plot, and its characters into universal figures? How does the psychological dimension of these plays engage us in a tragic experience that is both desolate and transcendent?

Instructor Bio:

Robert Reid was the Henry Carter Stuart Professor of English at Emory & Henry College. He has published many articles on the works of Shakespeare and other Renaissance poets, and two books:  Shakespeare’s Tragic Form: Spirit in the Wheel (Univ. of Delaware Press, 2000) and Renaissance Psychologies: Spenser and Shakespeare (Manchester Univ. Press, 2017).

 

Recommended Reading:

Any good updated edition of the two plays (e.g., Arden, Oxford, Cambridge, Bevington, Norton; but the inexpensive Signet edition, with selected critical essays, is a great bargain. A fascinating study of the historical context is: Shapiro, James. The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, 2015.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B101 Robert Reid Apr 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 Mo 10:00-11:30 a.m. Homewood Suites A

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