Shakespeare in the Spring


Course Description

This year’s celebration of Shakespeare will look at two of the playwright’s most popular works, both dealing with the subject of love and both playing at the Stratford Festival this summer: Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. While Twelfth Night ends with marriages and Romeo and Juliet with suicides, the two plays have more in common than one might imagine.

Twelfth Night, for all its high jinks and folly, is a dark comedy that begins with mourning and ends with a vow of revenge. While the tragic outcome of Romeo and Juliet is forecast in the prologue, it is a play that, in Northrop Frye’s words, “has more wit and sparkle than any other tragedy I know: so much that we may instinctively think of it as a kind of perverted comedy.”

What does Shakespeare tell us about love, and the ways in which it is supported or corrupted by family or community, in these plays? What does Shakespeare want us to understand about the ways in which comedy is intertwined with tragedy in human affairs? What vision of love undergirds his portrayal of human attachment? Join us as we read these moving and entertaining plays, enjoy movie clips from various productions, and consider interpretations of these works by Northrop Frye, Marjorie Garber, and other critics.

Books to purchase:

  • Twelfth Night by Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 16 students and that TMI does not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Atwater or Online

First Session: Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

Course Length: 6 weeks, Tuesdays , 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Discussion Team: Carol Fiedler, Patricia Sikender, Michelle Andrus

Degree Credit: 1.5 credits

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)
$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)
$105.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the first session. After the first session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the second session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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