Literature - Shakespeare Life and Works - Day School

Ref: C3530173

Explore Shakespeare via his life, poems and plays. There will be a case study of Hamlet—see “To be or not to be” performed in a variety of films; compare famous paintings of Ophelia; and find out why “the owl was a baker’s daughter.”

Additional information about this course

NB No fee waiver is available on this course

Course aim

To explore the links between literature, film, and social history. We will read a text closely; be it play, poem, film or painting. We will then examine its literary and historical context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Must be able to read English

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List some myths about Shakespeare's life
  • Define Shakespeare's "first poem"
  • Analyse Shakespeare's use of sources
  • Compare and contrast versions of "To be or not to be"
  • Interpret various paintings of Ophelia

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would have to have read "Hamlet" before the course, but this is not essential.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Literature - Shakespeare Life and Works - Day School


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