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“This Great Stage of Fools”: King Lear and the Tragic Mind   

As Harold Bloom described it, King Lear “announces the beginning and the end of human nature and destiny.” A grandiose statement, but one with which it is difficult to argue. This course will explore the various – and widely divergent -- schools of thought on Lear. It will also consider how Shakespeare reshaped the tragic mindset, challenging the assumptions of his society. We will view a video production of the play (with James Earl Jones as Lear), accompanied by lecture material and interactive class discussion. The course will be an in-depth examination of what may be the greatest tragedy ever written.



“This Great Stage of Fools”: King Lear and the Tragic Mind (ARTS067)    IN-PERSON

Instructor:  Charles Chadwick

Day of the Week: W, Times: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM    

Dates: 2/23/2022 - 3/30/2022  

Sessions: 6   

Fee: $66.00

Course Location: The Center - Classroom

Mask policy for this location: Masks required for all

Location Address: 540 Belvedere Blvd Charlottesville, VA 22901

Limit (we do monitor enrollment and when possible may add seats): 24

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*If circumstances related to COVID-19 dictate this course cannot be held in person, it will be offered online, same dates and times. 

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