Play in a day: Measure for Measure

Course Dates: 27/06/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Read or seen the play but want to know more? This course examines the background to Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure', discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes.


What is the course about?

The course is intended to give you an overview of 'Measure for Measure' in terms of the origins of the play, when in Shakespeare's career it was written, parallels with other plays by Shakespeare and the key ideas explored in the play. We will read extracts from key scenes and view short DVD clips, in order to analyse the development of characters and themes as the play progresses.

What will we cover?

-the play's background
-an overview of what happens and to whom
-analysis of key characters
-parallels with other plays by Shakespeare
-close reading and analysis of some key scenes and speeches.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- identify key elements of the background to the play
-identify the main characters and what happens to them during the play
-comment with understanding on what we learn about characters and ideas in selected scenes from the play
-comment with understanding on Shakepeare's use of language in selected scenes and speeches
-draw some parallels between this play and others by Shakespeare.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is introductory, although, ideally, you will have already either seen or read the play. You need an enthusiasm for reading and discussing texts in large and small groups and an interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

It will be helpful if you have read or seen a production of Measure for Measure before the class.
You will be provided with photocopied extracts for class discussion. The teaching and learning methods will include a mixture of small and whole group discussion with some tutor introduction, and reading some scenes and speeches from the play.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might want to bring a copy of the whole play. Extracts discussed in class will also be provided as photocopies.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look up other literature courses under History, Culture and Writing on the web at

Tutor Biographies
Claire Allen

Claire Allen is a published author of fiction and poetry and teaches literature and creative writing at City Lit. Her first two novels, The Mountain of Light and Protection, were published by Headline Review in 2004 and 2006. Her forthcoming novel will be published in 2020.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HLT48

Sat, day, 27 Jun - 27 Jun '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

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