Course Overview

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare, focusing on a good range of his plays from early work like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It, through to one of the major tragedies like Macbeth. In class, attention is given especially to Shakespeare’s language at play and students are encouraged to read and act out parts together. As you become familiar with the texts, class participants will also learn about important social, historical, political, religious and dramatic contexts, so that they may appreciate how Shakespeare is at once of his age, as well as for all time.

The Details

  • July 6 - July 17

  • 10 AM - 12 PM Eastern; Mon - Fri

  • Live Instruction via Zoom

  • Maximum of 8 students per class

  • Faculty Office Hours

  • Certificate of Completion

What They're Saying

by Melissa B.

"Dr. Clarke's course was a great way to learn more about Shakespeare as well as Elizabethan England. He is so knowledgeable and really brought the class to life in a fun way."



Edward Clarke

Dr. Ed Clarke has a PhD in English Literature, Trinity College, Dublin and a MA in English Literature, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. Dr. Clarke teaching experience began almost twenty years ago at Trinity College, Dublin. Now he teaches creative writing and English literature to undergraduates and mature students at various colleges and for the Department for Continuing Education, Oxford University. I am also poetry editor of the online magazine Cassandra Voices.

His latest book, published in April 2020, is called A Book of Psalms. In this collection you can find 150 poems of Dr. Clarke in conversation with all 150 Psalms. He presented Clarke’s Psalter, a documentary about writing these poems, broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Dr. Clarke's poems and translations, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in numerous journals. His chapbook, Eighteen Psalms, was published by Periplum Poetry in 2018, and He is also the author of two books of criticism, The Later Affluence of W.B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens and The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry. Shakespeare is very much at the heart of these books.