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Shakespeare and History

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About this Course

In this course, we explore the concept of history in Shakespeare, looking in particular at six key plays: King Lear, Richard II, Twelfth Night, Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, The Tempest. The course begins by considering the idea of narrative in history. Who has the authority to write history, and in what form? Who is history for, and what are its uses? After that, we explore the idea of memory in Shakespeare, considering in particular the connection between memory and identity. In the third and fourth modules, we explore the idea of ghosts and family history, before ending by looking at the history of places. A fantastically wide-ranging course that is essential watching for anyone studying Shakespeare.

About the Lecturer

Harriet is an Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Newcastle University. Her research interests include: Early Modern English writing, especially Tudor and Jacobean poetry; the reception and representation of the classical, ancient British and medieval past in Renaissance literature; textual transmission, influence and authority, and the use of authorial personae; Elizabethan nationhood and national identity.