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Authors, titles and topics you'll become familiar with:
- William Shakespeare
- Richard III
- Julius Caesar
- Twelfth Night
- King Lear
- Christopher Marlowe
- Ben Jonson
- Restoration comedy of the 1700s
- Oscar Wilde
- Samuel Beckett
- Waiting for Godot
1. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works
This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.
2. Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays
We'll tease apart the real and the invented in Shakespeare's Richard III and discuss Shakespeare's particular brand of historical fiction. We'll also go over the plot and characters, as well as some famous quotes from the work.
3. Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History
In this lesson, we'll examine Shakespeare's take on the life of Julius Caesar, which spawned such famous quotes as 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!' and 'Et tu, Brute!' We'll also take a look at Brutus and Cassius, the conspirators who plotted Caesar's demise, as well as Mark Antony and Octavius, who remained loyal.
4. Twelfth Night: Themes, Quotes and Cross-Dressing Characters
In this lesson, we'll outline the interplay between love and deception in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. We'll go over plot, characters, and figure out what Shakespeare's cross-dressing heroine Viola means in the context of love.
5. Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy
To be or not to be? In this lesson, that really is the question. Watch this video to learn all about Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's great tragedies. We'll explore its plot, characters and the meaning of that famous phrase.
6. Othello: Racism and Shakespeare
In this video, we'll give an overview of the plot of Shakespeare's 'Othello.' We'll discuss the motivations of his wicked ensign, Iago, and address the racial issues brought to light by Shakespeare's writing.
7. Shakespeare's King Lear: My Three Daughters
In this video, we'll discuss the importance of blindness, both literal and metaphorical, in Shakespeare's King Lear. We'll give an overview of the plot, characters, and explore the familial relationships central to the famous tragedy.
8. Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play
In this lesson, we'll follow how ambition shapes the events of Shakespeare's Scottish play, 'Macbeth'. We'll explore the plot, characters and supernatural elements that are characteristic of this play.
9. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays
English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!
10. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare
To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.
11. Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s
Despite their name, Restoration comedies have nothing to do with fixing up a theater. Rather, these were shockingly explicit works that were created after almost two decades of live performances being outlawed in England. Watch our video lesson to learn about this surprising and hilarious time in English theatrical history.
12. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality
From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.
13. Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels
This video will introduce the late modernist author and playwright Samuel Beckett. A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works typically portray a meaningless, absurd existence. This is epitomized in his most famous work, 'Waiting for Godot.'
14. Waiting for Godot: Plot, Characters, and Style
In this lesson, we'll explore Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking play, Waiting for Godot. We'll look at its main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, and hear an example of their circular, sometimes nonsensical banter. We'll also briefly discuss the play's legacy in modern theater.
15. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde: Summary & Overview
''An Ideal Husband'' is a play written by Oscar Wilde. It is a comedy that takes place over a short period of time and involves blackmail and corruption. Learn more about the story and test your knowledge with a quiz.
16. Ariel in The Tempest: Traits & Character Analysis
Ariel is the 'spirit' servant of Prospero in Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest.' Ariel is not a human but helps Prospero in order to gain his freedom. Learn more about the character Ariel in this lesson.
17. Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Character Analysis, Overview
In this lesson, we will explore the character Nick Bottom in Shakespeare's comedy ''A Midsummer Night's Dream''. Although the character Bottom believes he is a great actor, we see the real truth: sometimes people think more highly of themselves than they should.
18. Oscar Wilde & Lord Alfred Douglas
Who were Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas? What great scandal made their names so memorable in English Literary history? What were the infamous 'Wilde Trials' all about? Discover the answers in this lesson. Learn about the life and works of both men and their relationship, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
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