Beyond IQ

Introduction to Shakespeare: Hamlet and Midsummer Night's Dream

  • 01 Feb 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 10


  • For students whose families are members of GHF, SENG, MAGE, or NHAGE

Instructor: Liz Adams
5-10 students
Suggested Ages: 12 to adult
Meets: Mondays from 10:00 - 11:30 am, 15 weeks. Starts 


Shakespeare's language echoes through western culture. The plays are cultural touchstones, performance scripts, and fodder for literary analysis (what's that? we'll cover that). We will dive deep into two of the most well-known Shakespeare's plays: Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet. This is both an introduction to Shakespeare generally, through two major works, and a supplement for those who are already familiar with some Shakespeare. He was massively popular in his own time, with a wide range of people, and that can include you! Over 15 weeks, we will examine these plays side by side, both to see what the comparison shows us and to keep our minds flexible as we work. Some of our reading will happen in class, and some will be expected outside of class; expect some writing assignments and in-class discussion, too. This class will be a little bit about acting, a little bit about literature and writing, and a lot about how Shakespeare works. Additional outside readings, if any, will be supplied by the instructor. Texts: Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet, both by William Shakespeare.

TextsMidsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet, both by William Shakespeare.

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