The Nature of Shakespeare's Plays
Lecture no. 2 from the course: William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
Taught by Professor Peter Saccio | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses
Shakespeare was not a solitary genius, but a consummate theatre professional. In more ways than one, his plays are remarkable for their sheer "abundance." They boast a wealth of structural elements, and draw on many sources. They set unforgettable characters in motion against broad social and metaphysical backgrounds. And they mingle the fanciful with the realistic, and the comic with the tragic, in ways that challenge the normal boundaries between genres.