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Shakespeare: Pulling Back the Curtain 

A 3-month online course with Dr. Sky Gilbert

October 3rd – December 12th, 2023 

This is a ‘radical approach’ to Shakespeare. Instead of attempting to decipher the ideological message behind Shakespeare’s work — instead of trying to conjure a specific moral or ‘overall meaning’ —- we will learn to appreciate Shakespeare’s work for what it is: an innovative experiment in rhetoric that is still radical today. Shakespeare only has one ‘message’ for us: that poetry (and indeed all art) though dangerous, is also magical and transformative. Shakespeare was not a preacher, nor was he a moralist; his work was written in opposition to the medieval morality plays that preceded him. Shakespeare believes art offers an alternative reality — not a moral model for our behaviour— but instead nourishment for the soul.

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