R414 Fall 2018 Henry IV, Part Two
Mondays, 11:50–1:15, Sept. 17–Oct. 15
No class Oct. 8
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 driving 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. As pertinent, we will also note liberties that Shakespeare took with the historical facts.
Karen Miles holds a PhD in French literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 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 a course on Shakespeare’s sonnets for OLLI.