This course is designed to introduce you to the work of the most famous playwright of England, arguably of the world, by looking at three of his plays from three different genres: Richard II (1597, history play); As You Like It (1599, comedy); King Lear (1606, tragedy). An overview of the historical and cultural context will be followed by discussions of character, plot, theme, meaning, language, style, genre as well as one important critical perspective, question and essay regarding each play. These discussions build upon and reinforce your "Grundkurs"-knowledge of the analysis and interpretation of dramatic texts. They will help you to identify an interesting research topic and formulate a thesis claim for a 'Hausarbeit'. Please buy a critical edition of each play (I recommend Oxford World's Classics) and start reading as soon as you can. We will begin with Richard II.