Summer Shakespeare I

Bruce A. McMenomy, Ph.D. for Scholars Online
2015: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
June 17 - Aug. 19

June 17:
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Conventions

June 24:
Romeo and Juliet
Language

July 8:
The Taming of the Shrew
Themes

July 15:
Richard II
History

July 22:
As You Like It
Comedy

July 29:
Julius Caesar
Tragedy

August 5:
The Merchant of Venice
Structure

August 12:
King Lear
Symbolism

August 19:
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