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EN2011 Intensive Shakespeare: Comedy, History, Tragedy

Summer Reading List (2016-17)

Course Tutor: TBC

In preparation for the course, which begins with Richard III, you are required to read all the plays in the following editions, together with the editors' introductions:

  • Richard III, ed. John Jowett, Oxford World's Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, ed. Peter Holland, Oxford World's Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994).
  • Macbeth, ed. Nicholas Brooke, Oxford World's Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).

NB It is essential that you buy these specific editions of the plays: all three are available cheaply from Amazon.

You will find it helpful to view the videos/ DVDs of the plays available in the College library and in the English Department. Especially recommended are: Olivier's Richard III (1955) and Loncraine's Richard III, starring Ian McKellen (1996); A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Max Reinhardt (1935), Adrian Noble for the RSC (1996) and Michael Hoffman (1999); and the versions of Macbeth directed by Roman Polanski (1971), Greg Doran for the RSC (2003, starring Anthony Sher and Harriet Walter), Rupert Goold (2011, starring Patrick Stewart), and Justin Kurzel (2015, starring Michael Fassbender).

The agenda for the entire course, including directly accessible required secondary reading for each week and other key information resources, will be available later in the summer on Moodle in advance of the course.


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