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From early modern times to present, learn about Shakespeare in print and on stage all throughout the world.
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About This Course
Why do we still read and perform Shakespeare’s plays all over the world? How were Shakespeare’s plays performed and printed 400 years ago, and how has our understanding of him evolved over time?
Shakespeare’s Globe and the British Library have teamed with King’s College London to investigate how Shakespeare’s works continue to thrill audiences throughout the world.
As we learn more about Shakespeare’s early modern world and analyze his construction as a worldwide icon today, join academics, curators, publishers, actors, musicians, and theatre directors.
We’ll take you to the Globe Theatre’s stage to learn about performing traditions in both today’s capital and in Early Modern London.
We’ll meet actors at the Globe and delve into the realm of the early modern actor to learn about the methods and conditions that shaped the Shakespearean stage.
Examine valuable manuscripts that have never been seen before.
The British Library has granted us exclusive access to some of their most valuable manuscripts and early printed works. We’ll also look at how the early modern book trade influenced Shakespeare’s text’s passage from stage to page.
Share your own knowledge with other students.
One of the major themes we will cover on the course is ‘Global Shakespeares.’ When you join Shakespeare: Print and Performance, you’ll join a diverse international learning community, and we’ll draw on everyone’s Shakespeare experiences to deepen our debate.
On this course, you will be learning
This self-guided course allows you to learn at your own speed. You can meet other students, share your views, and participate in active conversations in the comments at any time during the course.
What will you accomplish?
You’ll be able to… by the end of the course.
- Consider Shakespeare’s status as a global cultural icon.
- Discuss the development of the theatre industry and early modern performing methods.
- Examine how the printing business grew in early modern England.
- Discuss early modern literary culture and the early modern play text’s ‘instability.’
- Examine how editorial policy has influenced how Shakespeare is read and performed now.
- Today’s Shakespeare performances can be found all over the world.
Who is this course aimed at?
The only prerequisites for this course are curiosity and an interest in William Shakespeare’s writings.
It will be useful, but not necessary, if you are familiar with Shakespeare’s works or have done prior research on Shakespeare.