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Delve Readers Seminar – Shakespeare’s Complicated Romances

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Explore the complicated messages about gender, trust, and romantic compatibility in Shakespeare’s beloved comedies: Much Ado about NothingThe Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night.

Wednesdays, February 14–March 21, 2018
6:30 p.m. –8:30 p.m.
Guide: Joanna Stein, Tuition: $210

When:February 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

It’s a commonplace that the difference between comedy and tragedy is that the former ends with a wedding, the latter with most of the players dead, but the differences are rarely so simplistic. In Shakespeare’s comedies an enemy can become a lover, a pageboy transform into a bride and a betrayer become a husband. In this Delve we’ll examine three classic plays to explore their complicated messages about gender, trust and romantic compatibility.

Reading List: Much Ado about NothingThe Taming of the ShrewTwelfth Night (recommended editions: Folger Shakespeare Library)



Joanna Stein holds master’s degrees in English Literature and Education from Portland State. A former radio producer for NPR, she now works full time teaching Language Arts at a Lake Oswego high school. This is her fourth season working with Literary Arts.