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International Summer School

Shakespeare and His World

Shakespeare and His World allows students to examine connections between Shakespeare's texts and their contexts. This will take place in taught sessions that benefit from the expertise of scholars from the departments of English, History and Drama. The pathway includes going to see a play at the world famous Globe Theatre in London. Students will attend sessions that relate to the play, as well as sessions that provide historical context for understanding Shakespeare's works. The former will include exploration of the play watched at The Globe. The latter sessions will enable students to explore early modern beliefs and situate Shakespeare's works alongside those of his contemporaries. Students will also participate in performance workshops. The module encourages students to engage with a rich and expansive approach to Shakespeare's drama.  The plays being studied will be confirmed in early 2013.

Timetable and reading list

To view the 2013 timetable and reading list click on the links below:

Shakespeare and His World timetable 

Shakespeare and His World reading list

If you have any questions please email iss@exeter.ac.uk.

I am a lecturer in the English Department of The University of Exeter. Within my doctoral research, I explored how Shakespeare's plays engage with and explore the implications of early modern generative theories. Although I teach on a wide range of modules for the University, my area of specialism focuses upon the early modern body and its interpretation both on and off the early modern stage. Forthcoming publications include a contribution to the Oxford journal, Social History of Medicine and an article within Gender, Health and Medicine within Historical Perspective (ed Sarah Toulalan). My current research focuses upon the use of 'bodily cues' in early modern drama.

Dr Victoria Sparey, Academic Coordinator of the Shakespeare pathway.