Shakespeare (Brlek)

Course title: Shakespeare
Asst. Prof. Tomislav Brlek
ECTS credits:
Semester 4 to 6
Enrolment requirements:
completed Introduction to English Lit/Introduction to English Lit 1 and 2

  1. Introduction
    • Eliot, “Introduction”
  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Frye, On Shakespeare, 34-50
    • Girard, Theater of Envy, 29-79; 167-173; 234-242
  3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Kott, “Titania and the Ass’s Head,” ShOC, 171-190
    • Kott, “The Bottom Translation,” BT, 29-68
  4. The Tempest
    • Frye, On Shakespeare, 171-186
    • Kott, “Prospero’s Staff,” ShOC, 237-278
  5. The Tempest
    • Kott, “The Tempest, or Repetition,” BT, 69-106
    • McGuire, “Shakespeare’s Tempest: Rhetoric and Poetics”
  6. Measure for Measure
    • Frye, On Shakespeare, 140-153
    • Stevenson, “Design and Structure in Measure for Measure
  7. Measure for Measure
    • Kott, “Head for Maidenhead, Maidenhead for Head: The Structure of Exchange in Measure for Measure
    • Schanzer, “Measure for Measure
  8. Macbeth
    • Kott, “Macbeth or Death-Infected,” ShOC, 68-78
    • Byles, “Macbeth: Imagery of Destruction”
    • Nevo, “Macbeth,” TF, 214-257
  9. Macbeth
    • Knight, “Macbeth and the Metaphysic of Evil,” WF, 140-159
    • Knight, “The Milk of Concord,” IT, 125-153
    • Garber, “Macbeth: the Male Medusa,” GW, 116-165
  10. Richard III
    • Kott, “The Kings,” ShOC, 3-46
    • Campbell, “The Tragical Doings of King Richard III”
  11. Richard III
    • Rossiter, “Angel with Horns: the Unity of Richard III,” AwH, 1-22
    • Brooke, “Richard III (1593?)”
    • Garber, “Descanting on Deformity: Richard III and the Shape of History,” GW, 39-68
  12. Coriolanus
    • Knight, “The Royal Occupation,” IT, 154-198
    • Nevo, “Coriolanus,” TF, 356-404
  13. Coriolanus
    • Kott, “Coriolanus or Shakespearean Contradictions,” ShOC, 141-167
    • Rossiter, “Coriolanus,” AwH, 235-252
    • Brlek, “Ill Seen, Well Said”


Northrop Frye, On Shakespeare, ed. Robert Sandler (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986)

Marjorie Garber, Shakespeare’s Ghost Writers: Literature as Uncanny Causality (London: Routledge, 1987; 2010) = GW

René Girard, A Theater of Envy: William Shakespeare (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991)

  1. Wilson Knight, The Wheel of Fire: Interpretations of Shakespearian Tragedy with three new essays (London: Methuen, 1930; 1962) = WF
  2. Wilson Knight, The Imperial Theme: Further Interpretations of Shakespeare’s Tragedies including the Roman Plays (London: Methuen, 1931; 1965) = IT

Jan Kott, Shakespeare Our Contemporary [1964], tr. Boleslaw Taborski (London: Routledge, 1991) =ShOC

Jan Kott, The Bottom Translation : Marlowe and Shakespeare and the Carnival tradition, tr. Daniela Miedzyrzecka and Lillian Vallee (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1987) = BT

Ruth Nevo, Tragic Form in Shakespeare (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972) = TF

A.P. Rossiter, Angel with Horns and Other Shakespeare Lectures, ed. Graham Storey (London: Longmans, 1962), = AwH


Tomislav Brlek, “Ill Seen, Well Said (On the Uses of Rhetoric in Julius Caesar and Coriolanus),” Studia Romanica et Anglica Zagrabiensia 43 (1998): 161-171

Nicholas Brooke, “Richard III (1593?),” Shakespeare’s Early Tragedies (London: Methuen, 1968), 48-79

Joan M. Byles, “Macbeth: Imagery of Destruction,” American Imago 39(1982)2: 149-164

Lily B. Campbell, “The Tragical Doings of King Richard III,” Shakespeare’s ‘Histories’: Mirrors of Elizabethan Policy (London: Methuen, 1947; 1964), 306-334

T.S. Eliot, “Introduction” in Knight, WF, xiii-xx

Jan Kott, “Head for Maidenhead, Maidenhead for Head: The Structure of Exchange in Measure for Measure,” Theater Quarterly 8.31 (1978): 18-24

Jerry D. McGuire, “Shakespeare’s Tempest: Rhetoric and Poetics,” American Imago 39 (1982)3: 219-37

Ernest Schanzer, “Measure for Measure,” The Problem Plays of Shakespeare (Routledge, 1963), 71-131

L. Stevenson, “Design and Structure in Measure for Measure,” Shakespeare: Measure for Measure: A Casebook, ed. C.K. Stead (London; Macmillan, 1971), 213-232