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.

There will be one seminar of an hour a week.


There will be two assessments:

• 1500 word essay (50%)

• two hour exam (50%)

Contact Details

0114 2220193

Information last changed: Thursday 21st of July 2016 :: 10:11:08 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