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Shakespeare’s Forgotten Plays: The Late Romances

Adaptation TheoryClassical LiteratureDramaFairy TalesRenaissanceShakespeareThe Greco-Roman WorldThe Middle AgesTravel Literature
Precepted by Liam Daley.
This module looks at two late plays frequently overlooked in Shakespeare studies: Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Cymbeline. In Pericles, Shakespeare and collaborator George Wilkins present a medievalist fairy-tale of adventure on the high seas, set in the ancient Mediterranean and narrated by Middle English poet, John Gower. In Cymbeline, a princess’s attempt to rid herself of the suitor she loathes and reunite with the man she loves leads to a tangle of escapes, pursuits, and mistaken identities. Decried by some critics for their eccentric and eclectic plots, both plays feature grand voyages across land and sea, benevolent magic, and the loss and recovered of true love.

Required Texts

Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Cymbeline

Iterations

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