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Pretty easy, overall.
Professor Kearney is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about his subject material, and the lectures are interesting and insightful. There is never a dull lecture, and you will certainly learn a lot about Shakespeare! This is a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare course, and I can guarantee you will love Shakespeare more when you finish the course than you did when you began.
The highlights of the course for me was the opportunity to contextualize some of Shakespeare's most famous works. I enjoyed the fact that we looked at several plays from several genres spanning the course of Shakespeare's career as a playwright. I learned the context of the plays themselves, looked analytically at the works, and learned about Shakespeare himself - his writing process, his life, his influences.
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Make absolutely sure you both do all the readings and attend the lectures, and you will be fine! If you're not a strong essayist, be sure to go to office hours either with the professor or your TA to discuss your papers before submitting them. This will help you write stronger papers and get a better grade.