Tyrants, Sovereigns and Rebels in Shakespeare's Plays

Dates: March 24 - April 28, 2021

Meets: Wed. from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Online Presentation

OLLI Member: $75.00

Enrollment requires a 2020 - 2021 OLLI at MSU Membership

In this course, Sharon Beehler, professor emeritus of English at MSU, will examine Shakespeare's plays to understand the bard's political leanings and what these plays might teach us about our world today. Shakespeare lived in a time not unlike our own where some people regarded Elizabeth I as a tyrannical despot while others viewed her as 'Good Queen Bess.' Her reign was fraught by rebellions and threats to her life, and she had to carefully balance the needs of her subjects with her own views as Queen. Shakespeare, like many artists today, attempted to comment on this precarious situation by writing plays. Many of his plays were based on England's own history and depicted rulers who were perceived as tyrants or good monarchs and citizens who rebelled against both.

Fee:   $75.00

Online Presentation

This is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.

We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.

Sharon Beehler

Sharon Beehler is professor emeritus of English at Montana State University. Her specialty is Shakespeare, and she has written many articles and published two books about Shakespeare's works, one of which was focused on teaching Shakespeare. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA and has devoted her academic career to bringing the pleasure of Shakespeare and other authors to her many students. In retirement, she has been a frequent lecturer for Intermountain Opera and occasional dramaturg for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.
Date Day Time Location
03/24/2021Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online Presentation
03/31/2021Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online Presentation
04/07/2021Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online Presentation
04/14/2021Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online Presentation
04/21/2021Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online Presentation
04/28/2021Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online Presentation

For information about refunds, cancellations, minimum enrollments and more, see the Course Administration and Procedures page.


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