I’ll be teaching an advanced Shakespeare seminar this coming spring to a bunch of seasoned English and history undergraduates. Most of them will have had a semester of Shakespearean comedy and romance before, so I won’t be doing much comedy in this class, if any.
I’m wavering between four different ways to present the class. Which sounds most interesting to you?
Go through every single English history play–ten plays to get the whole bloody story.
Half English history and half Roman history plays (so from Richard II to Henry V, and then do Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra).
Focus on interesting female leads in Shakespeare–so I’d do Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, the three Henry VI plays, Macbeth, Troilus and Cressida, Shrew, maybe.
Read the weird stuff that you rarely read in a Shakespeare class–All’s Well, Pericles, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Troilus and Cressida, King John, Henry VIII, Love’s Labor’s Lost, etc.
What appeals most to you?