R418 Spring 2018 Shakespeare’s History Plays: Henry IV Part Two
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 27–April 17
Instructor: Karen Miles
As the play opens, Henry IV once again faces insurrection from nobles, this time led by the clergy. Prince Hal continues to keep company with Falstaff; the king is sick and dying; and the mood in the country is very dark. The discussion will focus on the following issues: the matters which drive the continued challenges to Henry IV’s reign; final lessons that Prince Hal learns from Falstaff and his companions; and the significance of Hal’s public repudiation of Falstaff just after his coronation. We will also note liberties that Shakespeare took with the historical facts.
Karen Miles holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in French literature. She taught at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin–Parkside before becoming a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since retiring, she has taught courses on Shakespeare for OLLI.