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The Fool in Shakespeare

Gary Day (Dr)

Course Title: The Fool in Shakespeare

Course Code: 1XFS05C19

Start Date: 01/06/2020

Day of the Week:
  • Monday

Session: Morning

Length in weeks: 5

Time: 10.00 -12.00 a.m

Price: £

The Fool is usually seen as the person who tells truth to power but there is much more to him than that. First there’s the problem of definition. Is the Fool different from the Clown? Second, why are some Fools named and others not? We have Touchstone in As You Like It but just the Fool in King Lear. This five-week course will examine the different Fools in Shakespeare’s work. If they simply speak truth to power, why do they appear more in comedy than tragedy where the misuse or usurpation of power is usually the main theme? And, most importantly, why does the Fool vanish from Shakespeare’s later works? If you want the answer, sign up for the course.

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