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English Language and Culture

During this web class you will get an idea of what it is like to study English Language and Culture. The main focus of the web class will be on literature, specifically Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


English Language and Culture

This webclass focuses on one English literary work. In our BA courses we study texts from c. 800 until today written in English from all over the world. Next to literature, our students also study aspects of the language and English linguistics.

Web class

This course deals with Shakespearean drama. It uses Hamlet as its focus but most of its content can be applied to Shakespeare's plays in general. The course material introduces you to Shakespeare in his historical context and explains the ways that plays were staged in outdoor theatres in early seventeenth-century England. To highlight some of the features of the drama of the time, the course material supplies you with the information necessary to compare and contrast the acting of Shakespeare's plays in his own time and today. The examples from modern outdoor Shakespeare theatre are drawn from the Dutch Shakespeare Theater at Diever (but note that all the material is in English). The course closes with an outline of some of the cultural context of Hamlet that can help a reader understand the assumptions that Shakespeare expected his audience to have.


Enrolment for the web classes is open! Register now via Registration closes on February 23 around 10:00.

If you have any questions regarding this web class, you can reach us at webklassen or have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

Last modified:25 January 2021 10.00 a.m.