Explain the historical and literary contexts, genres and themes, and ethical dimensions of Shakespeare's representative works.
Critical Reading Strategies
Develop reading strategies that explore how texts are constructed to present a set of arguments (historical, aesthetic, etc) and use those critical reading skills to interpret the texts' concerns and to trace interrelationships among them.
Develop familiarity with key secondary scholarship about and critical perspectives of Shakespeare's works.
Perform scholarly research on Shakespeare's works by identifying and evaluating primary and secondary sources, by formulating arguments conversant with these sources, and by articulating those arguments in formal academic writing.