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Professor Marc C. Conner, Ph.D.

Professor Marc C. Conner
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Princeton University
Although the world urges us to read and love Shakespeare, his plays are difficult, demanding, strange—most of us struggle just to make sense of Shakespeare, let alone to see the many reasons why he is held in such high regard.

Dr. Marc C. Conner is the Jo M. and James M. Ballengee Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Professor Conner earned his bachelor's degrees in English and philosophy at the University of Washington and his master's and doctoral degrees in English literature at Princeton University. At Washington and Lee, Professor Conner received the Anece F. McCloud Excellence in Diversity Award in 2009 and the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004. In 2005, he restructured the department's introductory Shakespeare course into a dynamic and interactive seminar on Shakespeare as both poet and playwright, emphasizing the dramatic elements in the plays and producing an annual Shakespeare play performed by students. Professor Conner teaches a regular course on performing Shakespeare and has taught and lectured on Shakespeare to a variety of audiences. A dedicated advocate of global study, he created the Spring Term in Ireland Program, which he has directed six times, taking students to Ireland to experience Irish literature, culture, and history. With a scholarly focus on 20th- and 21st-century narrative and poetry in several national traditions, he has edited or coedited four books and has published more than 40 essays, articles, and reviews.

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"WOW! Prof Conner is so knowledgeable and ENTHUSIASTIC that after a lesson I couldn't wait to delve into Shakespeare."

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14 Courses and Sets

  1. The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature

    The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature

    Marc C. Conner
    4.8 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (55)
    Starting at $219.95 Starting at $219.95 $384.95 $219.95$384.95
    As Ireland shook off the shackles of British rule, it produced one of the greatest flourishings of literature in modern times—a spirited discourse that found the significance of the present intimately entwined with the legendary past. Discover the dazzling arts and bloody struggles of the Irish Renaissance and fight for independence, guided by great works from Yeats, Joyce, Lady Gregory, and others.
  2. How to Read and Understand Shakespeare Sale

    How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

    Marc C. Conner
    4.7 out of 5
    86% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (43)
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    Shakespeare enjoys near-universal agreement among scholars as well as the general public that his works are among the greatest of humanity's cultural expressions, and that we all should know and understand them. But, simply put, Shakespeare is difficult. His language and culture—those of Elizabethan England, 400 years ago—are greatly different from our own, and his poetry, thick with metaphorical imagery and...
  3. (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & Shakespeare's Tragedies  Set

    (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & Shakespeare's Tragedies

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Learn the tools to understand any Shakespeare play, and explore in depth Shakespeare's six great mature tragedies in this all-Shakespeare set. First, in How to Read and Understand Shakespeare, Professor Marc C. Conner gives you a set of more than 40 interpretive tools, drawn from the texts themselves, that give you direct insight into Shakespeare's plays. Then, in actress and professor Clare Kinney's Shakespeare's...
  4. (Set) Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature & How to Read and Understand Shakespeare  Set on sale

    (Set) Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature & How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $394.00 Starting at $57.90 $115.90 $57.90$115.90
    Learn just why the heroes we see in classic literature and in the plays of William Shakespeare move us so, in this entertaining course set that gives us deeper insights into this literature and the tools to understand it. Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature shows us why these literary characters are so enduring and what makes them successful. And How to Read and Understand...
  5. (Set)  How to Read Shakespeare & Shakespeare: The Word Set

    (Set) How to Read Shakespeare & Shakespeare: The Word

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  6. (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies  Set

    (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Learn the tools to understand any Shakespeare play and explore 15 of Shakespeare's greatest plays in the company of an award-winning professor, actor, and director in this all-Shakespeare set. First, in How to Read and Understand Shakespeare, Professor Marc C. Conner gives you a set of more than 40 interpretive tools, drawn from the texts themselves, that give you direct insight into Shakespeare's plays. Then, in...
  7. (Set)  How to Read Shakespeare & London: A Short History Set

    (Set) How to Read Shakespeare & London: A Short History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  8. (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Get all the tools you need to interpret and appreciate any novel or story, or play by Shakespeare in this course set that shows you how to divine the deeper meanings of these works yourself. In How to Read and Understand Shakespeare, Professor Marc C. Conner gives you a set of more than 40 interpretive tools, drawn from the texts themselves, that give you direct insight into Shakespeare's plays. Then, in The Art of...
  9. (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & Dante's Divine Comedy  Set

    (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & Dante's Divine Comedy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Get the tools and literary and historical background to understand the virtuoso works of these two powerhouse figures in literature. In How to Read and Understand Shakespeare, you get a set of more than 40 interpretive tools to understand for yourself any of Shakespeare’s plays. And in Dante’s Divine Comedy, you’ll dig deep into this profound poem to see how it addresses fundamental questions...
  10. (Set) The Irish Identity & Victorian Britain Set

    (Set) The Irish Identity & Victorian Britain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
    Investigate the evolution of modern cultures in the United Kingdom with this fascinating two-course set. Start by delving into the unique history of Ireland, as defined through a literary movement known as the Irish Revival in The Irish Identity. Then, look at a remarkable period of time for England by studying famous Britons during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) in Victorian Britain.
  11. (Set) The Irish Identity & The Rise and Fall of the British Empire Set

    (Set) The Irish Identity & The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
    This remarkable two-course set will give you fresh insights into world history in a wide range of areas-political, economic, technological, social, and more. Begin with a literary look at how Ireland defined its culture and heritage with The Irish Identity. Then, travel through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the...
  12. (Set) The Irish Identity & Joyce's Ulysses Set

    (Set) The Irish Identity & Joyce's Ulysses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $639.90 $349.90$639.90
    James Joyce is known as one of the most influential and expressive writers, who's work has helped shape the uniqueness of Ireland. This two-course set looks at both the writer and the world he lived. Start by exploring the intricate and politically charged works to come out of the Irish Renaissance with The Irish Identity. Then, examine the brilliance, passion, humanity, and humor of Joyce's modern Odyssey with...
  13. (Set) The Irish Identity & Classics of British Literature Set

    (Set) The Irish Identity & Classics of British Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $904.90 $469.90$904.90
    Looking at history through the lens of literature can open your eyes to new perspectives and viewpoints. This two-course set combines some of the greatest fiction, poetry, and essays, and gives you a historical context that will infuse new meaning and impact to the works you thought you knew. The Irish Identity provides an in-depth look at the literature that resulted from the Irish Revival, while Classics of...
  14. (Set) The Irish Identity & History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts Set

    (Set) The Irish Identity & History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $904.90 $469.90$904.90
    The United Kingdom has an exceptional history with a tremendous impact on the rest of the world. Look at two pinnacles of this rich culture in this two-course set. Start with the fascinating exploration of Ireland's cultural influence with The Irish Identity. Then, look at the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, in which England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern...
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