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Course overview

Joan of Arc (Henry VI)

Was Joan of Arc a saint, a sorceress or a sexual deviant? And why did she recant “on the stand”? Shakespeare drastically changes his portrayal of her in the course of a single play. Was the great man himself put under pressure? Uncover the hidden story of Shakespeare’s La Pucelle with RADA tutor Michelle Chadwick. Joining Michelle on this course is noted author, broadcaster, and expert on late sixteenth century Catholicism, Elizabeth Norton, who lectures at King’s College, London in Early Modern European history.

Memorably, three witches inhabit Macbeth, and these ‘weird sisters’ are supernatural beings. But what about Shakespeare’s other plays in which women are unthinkingly dubbed ‘witches’? How are these crude assumptions questioned?

This short course explores sorcery and sexual politics in Shakespeare's work, examining a remarkable woman who existed within male dominion – and who, by transgressing patriarchal norms, became labelled as a witch.

No specialist knowledge is required, but you should be prepared to read portions of texts, as these courses are both practical as well as discursive; and the “act of acting” will play a key part in discovering the way the play works.

Reading material

In advance of the course starting, please ensure you have read a copy of Henry VI, and have one to hand during the course.

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Please note: All courses are non-refundable and non-transferable. All classes begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

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