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EN1106 Shakespeare

Summer Reading List 2017-18

Course Convenor: Dr Deana Rankin   


The list below is an ESSENTIAL reading list for advance preparation for the course. We will study one play each week in the following order:

  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Henry IV, Part 1
  • Henry V
  • As You Like It
  • Twelfth Night
  • Hamlet
  • Othello
  • King Lear
  • The Winter’s Tale
  • The Tempest

The Norton Shakespeare (second or third edition) is the key course text.

It has good, brief introductions to the individual plays as well as useful background material. Individual editions in The Oxford Shakespeare, Arden Shakespeare, New Cambridge Shakespeare are also recommended. Cheap second-hand editions are usually available on the internet.

Please also WATCH any of the above plays – on stage, in the cinema, on DVD/ film, on the web/ TV.



The Shakespeare course will be a big part of your Autumn Term. It is double-weighted, that means it accounts for half of your student working week. You should, therefore, spend about 18-20 hours each week preparing for and participating in 2 lectures, 1 seminar and supporting study groups.

The Shakespeare Moodle course book (available at the start of term) has plenty of suggestions for essential and further reading for each play as well as topics for study and discussion.   

At the end of the year, we ask last years’ students what advice they would give to next years’ students. They always say: ‘Read the texts in advance, 2 or 3 times if you can; you will get so much more out of the course…’

This is your big chance… 


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