Shakespeare in the Mediterranean

Shakespeare in the Mediterranean
Summer 2015 ENGL 3450/HIST 3001
January 23, 2015

Shakespeare in the Mediterranean
Summer 2015
ENGL 3450/HIST 3001

Shakespeare never traveled beyond England, but the Mediterranean, especially Italy, inhabited his imagination and that of his audience. This is your opportunity to travel in his stead.

Make the voyage to Venice and read Othello and the Merchant of Venice along its canals; journey to Verona and read about star crossed young lovers in Romeo and Juliet; cross the Mediterranean to the magical sea coast of Illyria and read Twelfth Night in Dubrovnik.  Come to the Mediterranean this summer with Professors Suzanne Miller (History) and Katherine Keller (English) and read these Shakespeare works and others. 

We will also read historical documents and works Shakespeare might have read--traveler’s tales, romances from Italy, conduct books such as Castiglione’s The Courtier--to see how his understanding of contemporary Italy informed Shakespeare’s plays.

For more information go to (http://studyabroad.gwu.edu/summer-short-term-programs) or contact us: Professor Miller (smmiller@gwu.edu) or Professor Keller (kzkeller@gwu.edu).