BAWilliam Shakespeare’s Plays

Credit points: 5
Contact hours: 60
Type: Lectures

Main Instructor

Igor Maver, PhD, Full Professor


Igor Maver, PhD, Full Professor

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • The ability to independently analyze the various dramatic techniques; knowing the typology of Elizabethan drama within the wider framework of the European Renaissance drama.
  • The ability to identify the characteristics of Elizabethan dramatic texts, theatre and staging.


  • The basic concepts of the theory of drama, Aristotle’s views on drama and an overview of the various theoretical approaches to Shakespeare’s plays, particularly in the second half of the 20th century, including the most recent trends in contemporary Shakespeare criticism.
  • The life and works of William Shakespeare, the Elizabethan period, and the beginnings of English theatre.
  • A detailed analysis of his major tragedies and some of the comedies, and the different possibilities of staging.
  • Establishing intertextual literary connections between the plays and individual English literary authors, Shakespeare’s immense international influence and his place in the English literary canon.

Course Literature:

  • De Grazia, Margreta, Stanley Wells (ur.). The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
  • Hawkes, Terence (ed.). Alternative Shakespeares, Vol. 2. London: Routledge: 1996. Izbrana poglavja (1-37), str.: 140-191.
  • Aristoteles. Poetika. Ljubljana: CZ, 1984. Izbrana poglavja (6-18), str.: 69-92.
  • Students receive the reading list at the beginning of the semester.


Written exam.

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.