LIT114 : Shakespeare

Convener(s): Dr Rachel Stenner


General Information

This unit introduces students to the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare. Students will read a wide range of his works and will analyse them in the context of the cultural and historical energies of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. We will consider the range of dramatic styles and genres that he engages, alongside the conditions of performance, kinds of publication, and the characteristics of the language in which he worked. We shall also relate the texts to critical methods that help illuminate the relationships between drama and the culture, politics, and religion of the period.


There will be two lectures a week covering specific Shakespeare texts and / or contextual and critical ideas. Lectures will be used to introduce students to the texts and to key ideas about them as well as to demonstrate analysis drawn from close reading.  Some lectures may include short screenings, group work, and activities where you are able to engage directly with the material being delivered.

There will be one seminar of an hour a week. In this seminar, students will have the opportunity to discuss the ideas advanced in the lectures, express their own ideas, ask questions and practice close reading.


The unit will be assessed by a 1000 word close reading essay (50%) and a two hour exam (50%).

Contact Details

0114 2220193

Information last changed: Monday 27th of March 2017 :: 08:57:38 AM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK