Shakespeare After All: The Later Plays (A Free Course from Harvard)

Taught by Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber, this course–entitled Shakespeare After All: The Later Plays–“focuses on Shakespeare’s later plays beginning with Measure for Measure and ending with The Tempest.” The course description continues as follows:

Building on the discussions of individual plays in Marjorie Garber’s book Shakespeare After All, this course takes note of key themes, issues, and interpretations of the plays, focusing on questions of genre, gender, politics, family relations, silence and speech, and cultural power from both above and below (royalty, nobility, and the court; clowns and fools). Designed as part lecture-presentation and part discussion, this is a course that is meant to be interactive, taking up topics generated by students as well as by the instructor. We discuss a play each week, along with the relevant critical reading.

The thirteen lectures are available on Youtube (watch them above), and you can also find them in other formats (Quicktime, Flash video, MP3 audio only) on this archived page. Each lecture runs about 2 hours.

Shakespeare After All: The Later Plays has been added to our collection of Free Online Literature Courses, a subset of our collection, 1,700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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