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This module is designed to introduce students to both Shakespeare's work and his literary and cultural legacy. In the process it will examine key conceptual issues within the field of Shakespeare studies including historicism, the status of the Shakespearean text, the 'truth claims' made by Shakespeare in his work and the process of recuperating Shakespeare's legacy. In particular, the module will focus on a number of recurring themes in Shakespeare's work; the status of knowledge and literary authority; the relationship between love and desire; and the construction of gender. The module will also examine the literary appropriation of Shakespeare by a range of readers and critics from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. Students will be asked to place Shakespeare's work within competing historical contexts as a way of problematising current approaches to Shakespeare.

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ENGL7007 Shakespeare and his Afterlife Semester 1 02/11/2021 13:06:05