This term, Shakespeare (21L.009) approaches some of the playwright’s most enduring works through close reading of the text(s) and through their vibrant and varied afterlife in performance and on film, including scenes from productions from across the world in the MIT Global Shakespeares Video and Performance Archive. In addition to several papers, work for the subject will include class discussion, notes on each play, short student presentations, and plays will include Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Merchant of Venice. We may also attend one or more theatrical performances, depending on what is available in the Boston area during the semester.