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OWL Monday Scholars

Course - Shakespeare: Comedies & Histories

Mondays, December 7 - February 8
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
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Taught by: Peter Saccio, Ph.D., Darmouth College 
Facilitated by: Cameron Bove

Facilitated by Cameron Bove, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. The series combines the best of online learning with the best of classroom discussion. Each week, a new lecture topic will be watched and discussed. All participants need to do is come ready to engage their minds and participate in the discussion. 

About the Course:

Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories introduces Shakespeare’s plays and explains the achievement that makes him the leading playwright in Western civilization. We will consider how his plays have been valued by four centuries of readers and how they have been interpreted and reinterpreted by the generations who have read and seen them. The lectures also consider the kind of theater for which he wrote, the characteristic structures of his plays, and the way the plays easily mingle events from different realms: different social levels, different levels of realism, and different metaphysical contexts.

The comedies will include: Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and Measure for Measure.
The histories will include: Richard III, Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V.

About the Professor: Peter Saccio, Ph.D., Darmouth College

Dr. Peter Saccio is Leon D. Black Professor of Shakespearean Studies and Professor of English Emeritus at Dartmouth College where he was honored with the J. Kenneth Huntington Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching. He also served as a visiting professor at Wesleyan University and at University College in London. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Professor Saccio is the author of Shakespeare’s English Kings, which has become a classic in its field. He is the editor of Thomas Middleton’s comedy A Mad World, My Masters, for the Oxford Complete Works of Thomas Middleton. Professor Saccio is also an accomplished actor and theatrical director. He directed productions of Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and Cymbeline, and devised and directed several programs of scenes from Shakespeare and from modern British drama. 

Copies of the plays will be available to borrow, beginning one month before the start of the course and continuing through the conclusion of it. Participants do not have to read the play to attend the discussion.




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