Shakespeare After All: The Later Plays—Harvard course videos

Marjorie Garber, PhD, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and American Literature and Language and of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University

This free online Shakespeare course focuses on Shakespeare’s later plays beginning with Measure for Measure and ending with The Tempest.

Building on the discussions of individual plays in Marjorie Garber’s book Shakespeare After All, this course takes note of key themes, issues, and interpretations of the plays, focusing on questions of genre, gender, politics, family relations, silence and speech, and cultural power from both above and below (royalty, nobility, and the court; clowns and fools).

Designed as part lecture-presentation and part discussion, this is a course that is meant to be interactive, taking up topics generated by students as well as by the instructor. We discuss a play each week, along with the relevant critical reading.

The lecture videos

The Quicktime and MP3 formats are available for download, or you can play the Flash version directly. Each lecture is 2 hours.


Troilus and Cressida

Measure for Measure


King Lear


Antony and Cleopatra




The Winter’s Tale

The Tempest

Plenary/Review session

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