So I've signed up for another MOOC since I enjoyed the one on Hamlet so much. (More on that later.)
So this one is titled Shakespeare and His World and is led by Professor Jonathan Bate, in conjunction with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. From the course description:
Each week, Professor Bate will examine a particular play and a cultural theme alongside a selection of treasures from the Trust’s archives in Stratford-upon-Avon. Weekly learning material will be broken down into six video segments, each examining a variety of artefacts and play extracts. The course will open with an introduction to Shakespeare and his living and working environment, moving onto broader cultural themes and issues examined in his plays and ending with an exploration of his legacy.
The pre-read was Venus and Adonis, which (of course) meant I had to re-visit Ovid before re-reading the poem. I think I'll work in The Rape of Lucrece this week, too, just for the fun of it. And it's been too long since I've read either of the poems.
Anyway, expect more stray Shakespeare posts for a while.