A requirement for all Literature majors, Rosanne Denhard's William Shakespeare was a course I grew more and more eager to take as the semesters went by, with my increasing involvement in Yorick and my blossoming love of Shakespeare.
The class did not disappoint! Over the course of the semester, we looked in-depth at five of Shakespeare's plays: Romeo and Juliet, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard II, and The Tempest.
Regarding Midsummer: I had seen the play before, the very first Shakespearean play I had ever seen live, but this class reacquainted me with it, which certainly played a part in the development with the project of mine and Elizabeth Cardaropoli to co-direct it in the fall.
Here is an essay I wrote during our work with Midsummer, analyzing Puck's famous quotation, "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" Following the essay, you'll see a series of photographs from the very fun day when our class got on our feet to perform bits of the play, with the help of Professor Denhard's collection of costume pieces.
At the end of the semester, we wrote two final projects: one, an in-depth research paper about any aspect of Shakespeare study, and the other, a shorter, more personal reflection of what Shakespeare means to our life. I've included both of these essays below: