Although Shakespeare's plays are usually studied as highly canonical literature, they were originally written as playscripts, designed for the entertainment of a disorderly, socially heterogeneous crowd and the financial profit of the players. This course will attempt to resituate the plays in their original theatrical setting. There will be one or two hour-exams, one or two short papers, and a final exam. In addition, students are expected to meet in study groups for approximately six hours per week, outside of class. Students who are not Benjamin Franklin Scholars will be admitted only with the instructor's permission.