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Dr. Rebecca Wiseman

rebecca.wiseman@utoronto.ca

Office: HW 310

Office hours by appointment
ENGC10H3: Studies in Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s History Plays: An Introduction

Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00-12:30, MW 120


In this course, we will explore five of Shakespeare’s most complex and fascinating plays: Julius Caesar and the four plays that make up the second tetralogy: Richard II, 1 Henry IV, 2 Henry IV, and Henry V. As we read these plays, we will investigate the ways in which Shakespeare portrays historical events, negotiates gender dynamics, and positions characters within and against the categories of race, nationality, and class. Most importantly, we will discover how Shakespeare re-imagines history, linking the world-historical events of centuries past to the political concerns of his own early modern England. Along the way, we will examine how Shakespeare urges his audiences to reconsider their own positions on the controversial questions that defined Elizabethan and early Jacobean England – questions about the nature of power, the perils of regime change, and the status and responsibilities of ordinary citizens during times of social and political tumult.
Required Texts (available for purchase at the UTSC Bookstore):



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