• Course Number: ENGL 197
  • Prerequisites:

    Check on GOLD.

  • Advisory Enrollment Information:

    This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.

  • Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
  • Quarter: Fall 2022

In this seminar we will explore the work of William Shakespeare in relation to the thought of the philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Our discussions will take up a variety of ethical issues important to Arendt’s thought, including everything from tyranny to natality and action, from the banality of evil to promise-making and forgiveness. We will read only four of Shakespeare’s plays, but we will read them well, devoting significant time to each play. Beyond Shakespeare and Arendt, we will touch on thinkers ranging from Aristotle to Levinas in the course of our discussions. Plays we address may include: King Lear, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, and As You Like It. Requirements: careful reading, regular attendance, active participation, a final research paper, and a final exam.


  • Schedule & Location
  • Day(s): tue thu
  • Time: 12:30 pm–1:45 pm
  • Location: SH 2623