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ENGL 3123: Shakespeare’s Troubled Families: Home

An OER For Prof. Tanya Pollard

About English 3123: Shakespeare's Troubled Families

Which is worse: having a family, or not having a family? When Shakespeare’s powerful male protagonists fret over their legacies, they worry about children dying, disappearing, or disappointing them, or the corollary problem of not having children in the first place. Many of the plays feature bitter family disputes, and many feature terrible losses; some also feature mysterious reappearances, reunions, and reconciliations. This class will explore how questions of success, succession, heredity, and inheritance shape parent-child relations in Shakespeare’s plays.

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Globe Theater

Portait of Shakespeare