General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Shakespeare and Antiquity
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Wesołowska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-SA


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Module aim (aims)

The course aims: - to gain a good knowledge of the influence of ancient literature on Shakespeare, - to understand the role of various ancient topoi and motifs in the Renaissance, - to know the connection between ancient writings (Livy, Plutarch, Seneca, Virgil, and Ovid) and Shakespeare, - the skill of a critical reading Shakespearean tragedies at the background of the ancient tradition.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Quite good English is required.


Course learning content: - general remarks on the English Renaissance, - Shakespeare and his theatre, - Hamlet as influenced by Aeschylus and Seneca, - Shakespeare's cruelty on the background of ancient tradition, - the role of the world in "Othello" and in Senecan "Phaedra", - "Midsummer Dream" as a play of myths, - English Julius Caesar versus ancient tradition, - Livy and Shakespeare in the legend of Lucretia, - the future in the view of Shakespeare as compared with Stoic opinions, - Shakespeare meets Ovid in "Titus Andronicus", - Shakespearean revenge and Senecan example, - "Macbeth" by Nesbo as an example of Shakespearean after-life.

Reading list

Reading list will be delivered by the teacher during the first meeting.