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Three "Problem Plays" by Shakespeare

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This course examines three plays, written by Shakespeare when he was at the height of his powers. Each poses difficulties of interpretation: Measure for Measure, drawing its title from the New Testament, is Shakespeare's most overtly Christian drama and his clearest statement about private and public morality; Troilus and Cressida is a bitterly corrosive look at the subject of war, and so recalcitrant to categorization that it was variously called a tragedy, a comedy, and a history; and Hamlet is the most hotly debated play in world literature, still generating new interpretations four hundred years after its premiere.

Instructor Bio:

Stephen Kennamer is a lifelong educator in the humanities, having taught OLLI courses on a wide variety of topics: the anthropology of evil, the existence of moral truth, Greek drama, philosophy, religion, poetry, and music.

Recommended Reading:

Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, and Hamlet.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A602 Stephen Kennamer Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16 Tu 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The R. R. Smith Center A

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