ENGL 4331. Shakespeare. 3 cr. hrs.

“To be or not to be,” “all the world’s a stage” – you’ve heard of some of the big moments, but are you aware of the extraordinary variety and breadth of the subjects that interested Shakespeare? Property law, Roman history, same-sex love, gender-bending, political representation, profound questions of existence and ethics – all these subjects and many more are taken up in Shakespeare’s vast body of work, which has served as a touchstone for literate culture since right after his death. We will read poems and of course plays, some famous and some not as much, that both locate Shakespeare in his own particular context and suggest why his work has been so enduring and useful all over the modern world. Prereq: UCCS R and LPA requirements fulfilled.