Desdemona Retiring to her Bed, by Théodore Chassériau, 1849, Oil on canvas, 42 x 32 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris.


A selection of Shakespeare’s greatest plays—from the comedies, histories, tragedies, and late romances—placing them in the social, political, and theatrical contexts of his time. Topics include Shakespeare’s professional career; Renaissance stage conventions; the immense richness of Shakespeare’s language; staging kingship and rebellion; and performing the plays on stage.

Reading Boston
On the Page and On Foot

English Class Animates City’s Literary and Cultural Geography

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Making Sense
of Ethnicity

Featured Graduate Student
Emily Donaldson Field

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Faculty Member

Bonnie Costello, Professor of English

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