In Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare dramatized Rome’s transition from the mixed government of a republic to one-man rule under an Emperor. This course will examine the interplay of politics and personalities in these two Roman tragedies.
GROUP LEADER: Virginia Mason Vaughan taught Shakespeare at the introductory and advanced levels at Clark University from 1976 to 2014. She has published books on Othello and The Tempest, as well as a monograph with Alden T. Vaughan, Shakespeare in America (Oxford Shakespeare Topics, 2012). Her most recent book is Antony and Cleopatra: Language and Writing (Arden Shakespeare, 2016).
REQUIRED BOOK: Any edition of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. The most comprehensive are the Arden Julius Caesar, ed. David Daniel, and the Oxford Antony and Cleopatra, ed. Michael Neill. Folger editions are less comprehensive but certainly respectable.
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