HENA01106U  Elective 2: Theme in British Studies B: Shakespeare and the English Language

Volume 2014/2015

In this course we shall study three plays -- A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V, Othello -- paying particular attention to the representation of English speech and English spelling: Shakespeare was composing his plays (not exactly 'writing' them) at a time when the uses of English were not yet standardized. We shall study questions of social and professional registers and the status of English among other languages; we shall also consider the use of English in the development of the idea of England as a nation.  And we shall be concerned with how drama provides a stage on which language, and a particular language, can be represented, examined, and played with.

Editions to be used will be those in the Oxford World's Classics series.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 162,75
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Total
  • 204,75