Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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ENGL 258/3.0 - Jacobean Shakespeare

Instructor: Dr. Peter Lowe


On this course we will study 6 of Shakespeare’s later plays to explore the social, intellectual, and political nature of the Jacobean world in which he lived and wrote.  Taking advantage of the BISC’s proximity to London we will consider how Shakespeare responded to the events of his time and particularly to the experience of being part of a city that was becoming more wealthy, powerful, diverse and, possibly dangerous, than ever before. Through our reading of the plays we will also consider how the city itself becomes an arena in which new ideas and lifestyles may be explored and often subversive ideas articulated through the medium of the theatre as a form of mass public entertainment.