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Seminar in Literary Interpretation


The Tempest

Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest, speaks across the centuries to the colonization and dispossession of indigenous peoples. It is also a play that speaks powerfully about the workings of storytelling in the context of family, state, and global politics. This course will be a deep dive into The Tempest in its early modern contexts and its afterlives in a range of adaptations, translations, and appropriations. How did the play resonate in Shakespeare’s day? How has it resonated for the playwrights, directors, and illustrators who have reimagined it? Above all, how does it resonate for us??



  • Two in-class close reading exercises (20%)
  • Participation in a group presentation (20%)
  • A term essay (30%) 
  • Final exam (30%)

**Assessments are subject to change**


  • Registration in an English Major or Joint Honours plan

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153


Telephone (613) 533-6000 ext. 74446 extension 74446


Telephone (613) 533-6000 ext. 74447 extension 74447

Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.