1B11 Shakespeare and the Human Condition

Tutor/Facilitator Helen Vorrath

Date: on/from Mon 8 Jun 2020 to Mon 15 Jun 2020
Frequency: Weekly - 8 sessions only
Class time: 2:30-4:00

Mary Kehoe Centre, Room 2

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400 years on, Shakespeare is still revered because he understands how the human mind works. He is a philosopher and a psychologist, as much as he is a brilliant poet. Just as he refined and extended our language, so he defined what it is to be human.

This course will discuss Shakespeare’s take on the things that motivate all of us: love, marriage, grief, hate, cruelty, greed, envy, ambition, fear, racism, hedonism, wit, stupidity, parent-child relationships, sibling rivalry, etc. For each topic, we will look at the way it is treated in a number of plays, giving people an opportunity to compare and contrast plays they don’t know with plays they are more familiar with.

You don’t need to have read Shakespeare’s entire opus to participate. Part of the aim of the course is to stimulate people to read or re-read his plays. Each class will begin with a lecture, followed by discussion of the points raised.

TUTOR: Helen Vorrath, an experienced teacher and tutor in her professional field (computers and IT), is also a Shakespeare devotee with an English degree.