Madness is a recurrent theme in Shakespeare's works. Through this selection of texts and paintings, you will discover the range of aesthetic an dramatic functions assumed by insanity in three of the bard's most famous tragedies. Those who are not familiar with the plots of Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear will easily find film adaptations, simplified texts and summaries. They can also read the famous "tales" by Charles Lamb on our pages:
On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, groups of students will be asked to find other texts and works of visual arts illustrating madness in Shakespeare (with the help of their teacher). They will put up an exhibition associating texts and artworks with commentaries about how artists use, express or change insanity's function in paintings, drawings or photographs derived from Shakespearean scenes.
450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth
- Dossier A Midsummer Night's Dream Vous trouverez dans ce dossier des articles de Francis Guinle, Geneviève Lheureux et Estelle Rivier, ainsi qu'une webographie élaborée par Frédérique Brisset.