Toil Without Trouble: an Introduction to Shakespeare's World
A Shakespeare Primer for Young Scholars
Course Dates: Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 - Sunday, 17th June, 2018
In this six-week online course you will learn what it is that makes Shakespeare's plays so enduring and loved. By understanding the world of Shakespeare you will be able to tackle his plays with confidence and panache. By learning the cultural, social and historical context of Shakespeare's wold you will be in a position to understand his plays in a way that makes sense to you.
Each week you will be set homework in the form of locating sources, researching, note-taking and summarising so that by the end of the course you will have collated notes to help you when you study individual plays. You will also create a bibliography of sources that will be invaluable in your future studies of The Bard.
You will learn:
- How reading a play is different to reading a novel
- Shakespeare and the Canon
- Imagery in Shakespeare
- Words Shakespeare invented (and common cliches)
- Language in Elizabethan England
- Shakespeare's most famous speeches
- Politics in Shakespeare's plays
- Examples of modern uses of Shakespeare (intertextuality)
- The social context of Shakespeare's world
- Explore Shakespeare's relevance today
- Key recurring themes across Shakespeare's plays
- The supernatural in Shakespeare
There's more but you get the idea.
Online workshops will be held weekly on Wednesdays at 5.00pm, starting Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 and ending Sunday, 17th June, 2018. Your final assignment must be submitted for feedback on Wednesday, 13th June, 2018. The workshops will also be recorded and uploaded to our course, along with all support materials, so that you can watch or rewatch and study at your leisure.
There will also be a lively Facebook community where everyone can share their ideas. I will be available most days in the group, sharing quotes, tips and tidbits.
Mel and Sam are a dynamic mother-daughter duo, with experience in writing and theatre. In another life, Mel is a Senior English teacher and author of adult and childrens' novels. Sam studied Theatre at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries and has won Queensland Theatre's Young Playwrights Award, along with DUX, CIVA and Pathmaker Awards at her school. Together, they run Writing Excellence Programs for Young Scholars at Writer on the Road.