Course Description

Shakespeare’s Villains

There’s nothing like a good villain in a story, and arguably no one’s villains are better than Shakespeare’s. From Iago in Othello to Aaron in Titus Andronicus to Richard III, his characters thwart the success of good people in order to serve their own motives. What makes villains so compelling, though, is the powerfully beautiful language they use to draw in audiences and make us (almost) complicit with their villainy. In this course we’ll consider the range of Shakespeare’s villains to appreciate how some of his most dastardly characters were formed in his imagination, and compel us to this day.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  •  Identify sources and principal features of villains in Shakespeare’s plays
  •  Distinguish between tragedy, comedy, history, and romance genres
  •  Interpret the language of at least five soliloquies (first-person speeches) by Shakespeare’s villains
  •  Compare the motives and methods of various characters based on this language
  •  Analyze actors’ performances of these characters, past and present

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Sep 19, 2020 to Oct 03, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Fee before GST non-credit $75.00
Reading List / Textbook

No textbook required.

Section Notes

The course uses:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L, which will be available no later than 9:00am MT the day prior to your course start date.
  • Zoom web conferencing software.

For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Your course will include one synchronous (ZOOM) session on the following date and time:

  • Saturday, October 3, 2020: 12:00pm – 3:00pm MT 


Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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