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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2005

T C 301 • Shakespeare & Leadership-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41055 T
3:30 PM-6:30 PM

Course Description

Since he began writing over 400 years ago, no literary figure anywhere has approached William Shakespeare in worldwide influence. Not only the most important writer in the English language, he influenced Germany’s greatest writer, Goethe, and Russia’s premier novelist, Tolstoy, both of whom wrote extensively about his work. The founder of modern psychology, Sigmund Freud, analyzed the make-up of Shakespeare’s characters, who lived not in flesh but only in imagination, and Italy’s foremost operatic composers based operas on his plays. As Ben Jonson, his contemporary dramatist, wrote of Shakespeare, her was “not of an age, but for all time.” Many of our ideas of earlier leaders who shaped history, such as Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, come from Shakespeare’s portrayals. And purely imaginative creations like Hamlet, Prospero, Rosalind, and Viola are studied today partly because of their skills or shortcomings in leading others. Attributes and techniques of leadership discovered there can be related to works and lives of three more recent leaders: Winston Churchill, the epitome of a great wartime leader; Mahatma Gandhi, the foremost practitioner of non-violence (who profoundly influenced Martin Luther King); and Abraham Lincoln, the wartime leader famous for his compassion.

About the Professor Robert Krueger, Thompson Professor in the Humanities, took his doctorate in English literature from Oxford and taught Shakespeare at Duke University thirty years ago, at which time he published scholarly works on Renaissance writers and won Duke University undergraduate teaching awards. Since then he has worked as a businessman and has served as a Texas Railroad Commissioner (on the three-member elected body that regulates oil, gas, energy, and transportation policy in Texas). He has also served as a U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator, and, on three occasions, as a U.S. Ambassador, with assignments in Mexico, Burundi, and Botswana; and has been Special Representative of the U.S. Secretary of State to the fourteen nations of the Southern African Development Community. His writings include over 200 weekly newspaper columns on various social, political, international, and economic questions. In 2000, he was made Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford University, to write a book on his family’s experience living amid genocide in Africa, which is being published by the University of Texas Press. He will seek both to bring his academic study and his experience in dealing with international governmental and business leaders to Shakespeare’s works and achievement, and to respect the fact that more insight, collectively, lies among the freshmen members of the tutorial than in the one instructor who leads it.

Grading Policy

This course contains the substantial writing component. Thoughtful and vigorous discussion will be essential to success in the class. Members should arrive for the three-hour meeting (with notes, if they choose) prepared to explore the assigned material with their classmates, remembering that they are participants in a seminar, not attendees at a lecture. The grades will be comprised from class participation (30%), four essays of 4-6 pages each (40%), and a final examination (30%).


Abraham Lincoln, Selected Speeches and Writings Mohandas Gandhi, Autobiography: My Experiments with Truth Winston Churchill, Selected Speeches and Writings Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like it, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Winter’s Tale and The Tempest


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