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2. The Tempest and the Late Plays
About this Lecture
This module provides some broad historical context for The Tempest and Shakespeare's other late plays. First, we look at the accession of King James to the throne and how this changed the mood in England (and consequently the kind of plays that were being written). After that, we explore how James patronised the arts, and how spectacular art forms such as the masque flourished in his court and influenced Shakespeare in this later years.
In this course, Dr Charles Moseley (Cambridge) explores Shakespeare's last play, 'The Tempest'. The first modules concentrate on historical context, looking in particular at the influence of the accession of King James to the throne, and the importance of the Blackfriars Theatre. After that, we explore the growing popularity of romance and tragicomedy in Jacobean England, before thinking about how the original Jacobean audience would have understood the play. In the second half of the course, we explore two of the great themes of 'The Tempest' - power and education - before thinking about the structuring of the play as a whole, and its potential Christian subtexts.
Dr Charles Moseley is a Fellow and Tutor of Hughes Hall and has taught Classics and English Literature in the University of Cambridge for many years. He is General Editor (Literature Insights) of the unique and innovative academic e-book project - Humanities-Ebooks.co.uk.
The author of an extensive list of academic and other publications, Charles has lectured at universities, schools and societies in many countries around the world on topics as diverse as Shakespeare, the history of travel literature, the Norsemen, Medieval art and his own travels in the Arctic. Recent published essays range from Elizabethan painting to nineteenth century printing technology and the topographical drawings of Alfred Wainwright.
For many years Charles was Programme Director of the University's popular and respected International Summer Schools in English Literature and Shakespeare. He has planned and led study tours for parties of visiting scholars and teachers in several places, including Vienna, Prague and Florence. Charles and his wife recently led a seminar study group in Florence on Renaissance art and philosophy.
Charles is currently very much in demand as a lecturer and speaker, on both academic and non-academic subjects and has recently lectured on cruise vessels in the Arctic, Baltic and Antarctic.
Cite this Lecture
Moseley, C. (2018, August 15). Shakespeare: The Tempest - The Tempest and the Late Plays [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/shakespeare-the-tempest/the-tempest-and-the-late-plays
Moseley, Charles. "Shakespeare: The Tempest – The Tempest and the Late Plays." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/shakespeare-the-tempest/the-tempest-and-the-late-plays