Week Ten: Hamlet

Wednesday films:  Peter Brooks Hamlet with Adrian Lester;  Almareyda's Hamlet

Week Nine:  Hamlet

Wednesday films: Kurasawa's The Bad Sleep Well; Mel Gibson's Hamlet

Week Eight: Tis Pity She's a Whore; Hamlet

Wednesday films: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; Tis Pity She's a Whore 

Week Seven: Othello

Wednesday films:  Parker's Othello with Fishburn as Othello; Otello, the opera

Week Six:  Measure for Measure 

Wednesday evening film:  Measure for Measure, BBC version. 

Readings: Pamela Jensen, "Vienna Vice: Invisible Leadership and Deep Politics in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure" on e reserves and Carol Rutter, Clamorous Voices: Chapter 2 "Isabella: Virtue Betrayed" also on e reserves. Please buy and read the introduction for the New Cambridge edition of the play edited by Brian Gibbons.

Week Five: Merchant of Venice

Wednesday afternoon film: Merchant of Venice directed by Trevor Nunn Wednesday evening film: Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino as Shylock.

Week Four: Troilus and Cressida
Wednesday evening film: Troilus and Cressida (BBC) No afternoon film; Instead individual conferences to be held Tuesday and Wednesday. Make an appointment with your faculty on Monday.

Week Three: Much Ado About Nothing
Wednesday evening film: Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Directed by Kenneth Branagh


Over the course of four centuries, Shakespeare has become an icon of civilization, not only in England or the English-speaking world but in cultures spread over the entire globe. His plays have undergone myriad interpretations, they have been politicized, parodied, turned into opera and ballet and musical comedy. Exploring the totality of the ways in which the world has played with Shakespeare is impossible, but it will be fun to make a beginning.

This full-time, Spring Quarter program is open to all students, who want to throw themselves into an intense, but playful, study of Shakespeare. Check out the description; this might be just the program for you.

The program will be taught by Nancy Taylor, who taught in humanities programs at the college since its opening, and Fritz Levy, who taught Early Modern history at the University of Washington for many years. Both are Shakespeare enthusiasts, coming back to the college specifically to teach this program.

If you have questions please email Nancy Taylor taylorn@evergreen.edu.