This free course from the University of London explores critical thinking, and the interpretation of texts, through the Shakespeare authorship question. Using doubt about Shakespeare’s authorship as our playground, we will explore the key concept of authorship attribution, while developing skills in literary analysis, interpretation, and argument. Through forensic exploration of key texts, you will learn why Shakespeare’s authorship is questioned, and what evidence is cited on both sides of the debate.
Introduction to Who Wrote ShakespeareUniversity of London
About this Course
Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Understanding the Question
The Man and the Author
The Evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon
The First Folio as Proof of Authorship
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