Dr. Baker: M/W/F 10:00-10:50

Shakespeare

Why has Shakespeare been so significant for so long in English literature? One reason may be that he has a talent for asking questions that humans never tire of asking. When Othello asks, “Why did I marry?”; when King Lear asks, “Who is it that can tell me who I am?”; when Juliet asks, “Wherefore art thou Romeo?”; and when Hamlet asks “To be or not to be?” they are all raising concerns that most people in most cultures have probably grappled with. This course approaches Shakespeare as an early modern dramatist who poses crucial human questions within his sonnets, histories, tragedies, and comedies.