E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
The purpose of this class is not only to survey a number of Shakespeare's plays but also to teach techniques of close reading, thus preparing the student for a lifetime of intelligent acquaintance with his works. The aim is to form a reader who needs no critic or teacher to connect with Shakespeare. Generally our format will combine background lectures with classroom discussion that stems from the students' close readings.
NOTE: Procrastinators die in this course, where self-pacing is everything and you become your own master or enemy, as the case may be. If you are working and trying to manage a heavy schedule, or if you are raising little ones or going through a divorce or painful separation, your chances of surviving are slender. Keeping pace with the reading is everything.
Close reading journal 30%
(Documents general progress in techniques of close reading)
Paper, 3,000 words 40%
Three close reading exercises (1000 words) 10% each
Attendance: Three absences--excused or unexcused--will result in a lowered grade of 5% for each additional absence. Tardiness or early leaving will be tallied as absences (2 = 1).
Pelican, Riverside, or Craig-Bevington Shakespeare collections
Recommended: Partridge, Shakespeare's Bawdy
Lewis, The Discarded Image
Plays: The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Othello, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest