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Shakespeare and the Environment

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Todd Borlik (University of Huddersfield) explores how Shakespeare's plays deal with climate and the environment. In the first module, we consider the climate in Early Modern England and how Shakespeare's awareness of the Little Ice Age is evident in Titania's speeches in Midsummer Night's Dream. In the second, we consider the role of thunder in King Lear, and more broadly, our relationship to the environment. In the third, we think about the role of the 'weird' weather in Macbeth, and the Macbeth's role in it. Finally, we consider how climate, race and character are connected in Othello and The Winter's Tale.

About the Lecturer

Dr Todd Borlik is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Drama at the University of Huddersfield. His research focuses on Shakespeare and the pre-history of environmentalism. His publications include Literature and Nature in the English Renaissance: An Ecocritical Anthology (2019) and Ecocriticism and Early Modern English Literature (2011).