Summer Shakespeare I

Bruce A. McMenomy, Ph.D. for Scholars Online
2018: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
June 13 - Aug. 15

June 13:
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Conventions

June 20:
Romeo and Juliet
Language

June 27:
The Taming of the Shrew
Themes

July 11:
Richard II
History

July 18:
As You Like It
Comedy

July 25:
Julius Caesar
Tragedy

August 1:
The Merchant of Venice
Structure

August 8:
King Lear
Symbolism

August 15:
Twelfth Night
Ambiguity

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Things to consider while reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Conventions of the Elizabethan Stage

If you haven’t read the section on Shakespeare’s Theater, do so. It’s repeated in virtually every volume of the Folger Library editions, so you don’t need to read it every time, but it’s good to know what you’re dealing with. Consider the following as a starting-point:

A narrative retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb is linked here at the Eldritch Press Site.

Themes that emerge in the play

Symmetries in the play

Inconsistencies or problems in the play