University of Chicago's Basic
Program of Liberal Arts Education
for Adults + Graham School
Cynthia Rutz
The Complete Shakespeare
The Tragedies

In their fall semester, University of Chicago is offering a three-quarter sequence of all of Shakespeare’s plays, reading the tragedies in the order in which he wrote them. Students will see the evolution of Shakespeare’s drama from the brutal Titus Andronicus through the stirring rhetoric of his early Roman plays such as Julius Caesar, ending with the almost unbearable pathos of his late great tragedies, King Lear and Othello. Here is the full pageant of human nature from lust for love to lust for power, from first love to mature love, from family squabbles to battles for empire.