Shakespeare Summer Schools at Oxford University
Oxford University runs a stimulating, enjoyable, English Literature Summer School on an annual basis, with lectures on all aspects of English literature from Oxford professors and seminars with specialist tutors.William Shakespeare is the subject of two courses this year:
Shakespeare and Politics: Then and Now
All of Shakespeare’s plays are bound up in the politics of their time, but at given points in history some have seemed more obviously ‘political’ than others. In this seminar we shall discuss plays that had a particular political dimension in the early modern period – notably Richard II, Richard III and Macbeth – and speculate on Shakespeare’s contribution to Sir Thomas More. We shall then consider the titles that can have political dimensions today, such as Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice.
Shakespeare on Stage and Scree
In this seminar we shall explore the many different ways in which Shakespeare can be performed on stage and screen. While referring to a wide range of titles, we shall focus our discussion on interpretations of three plays – Twelfth Night, Henry V and Hamlet. Viewing extracts from British and American Shakespeare films, we shall investigate some key differences between stage and screen Shakespeare, consider the variety of approaches taken by directors, and compare different interpretations of the same play or role.
Further information, including fees and details of how to apply, can be found at www.conted.ox.ac.uk/englishliterature .