Shakespeare Plays – ‘Untangled’ (C/S159)Shakespeare the easy way! Decipher the language and beauty of Shakespeare in this class for folks who have always wanted to appreciate the Bard, but never had the time. The instructor will provide tips on how to untangle and understand Shakespeare plays. This course will cover the plays of William Shakespeare - the playwright, poet, and actor. Class topics will include his works, their place in the literary canon, and their impact on modern literature. Through reading, watching movie adaptations, and studying the plots, characters and themes of these plays, students will explore such works as "Romeo and Juliet," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Julius Caesar," "Hamlet," "Twelfth Night," "King Lear," "The Merchant of Venice," and "Measure for Measure." Set in the context of 16th century England, see why Shakespeare chose the topics, themes and characters he did, how theatre fit into the life of the court and the culture of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, and why Shakespearean language can sometimes be a challenge for the 21st century reader. Additional topics include his life and historical references of the era. Senior tuition waiver applies to Maryland residents 60 or older.
11/15-1/31/13, Thursdays (9 Sessions)
(No Classes 11/22, 12/20 & 12/27/12)
Instructor: Ellen McDaniel Weissler
Course Cost: $52.00