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An introduction to Shakespeare’s ‘Problem Plays’ : Dr Gary Day

"Shakespeare’s problem plays refer principally to All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure and Troilus and Cressida, although some critics also include The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice and Timon of Athens. In what used to be true British fashion we will compromise and examine plays from both lists: All’s Well That Ends Well, The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure and Timon of Athens. We will read scenes from them and discuss why they are called problem plays. One thing is certain; their moral confusion speaks directly to our own troubled times. "

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Dr Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort University. He teaches courses on a wide range of subjects including poetry, philosophy, the history of drama, and cultural history. He has edited a number of books on topics ranging from popular culture to D. H. Lawrence. "