Shakespeare’s Comedies

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, February 19 – April 30 (class will not meet March 26)

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by David Zesmer

Dr. Johnson said that Shakespeare’s tragedy “seems to be skill, his comedy to be instinct.”  Through a unique blend of seriousness and wit Shakespeare displays a profound understanding of lovers and their complex emotions.  A gallery of unforgettable characters—Bottom, Portia, Petruchio and Kate, Beatrice and Benedick, Rosalind, Malvolio, and Shylock—enriches the comedies.  We will consider The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night.

David Zesmer is Emeritus Professor of English at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Materials List
Required:
Any edition of the following:
Comedy of Errors
Taming of the Shrew
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Love’s Labour Lost
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
As You Like It
Twelfth Night

CPDU credit is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Ten sessions, $210
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