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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2006

E f321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84250 MTWThF
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
PAR 105

Course Description

This course is designed to give students a concise introduction to the works of William Shakespeare. In this course we will read five well-known plays by Shakespeare. Each was written at a different point in his career, and each represents a significant development in his theatrical art. During our six weeks together, we will explore Shakespeare's dramatic techniques, including plot structure, character development, and dialogue. Some of his techniques were specific to the English Renaissance stage, while other, more universal ones can be spotted in films and television shows even today. Still others were truly Shakespeare's own. Since we will be studying various aspects of playwriting, staging, and performance in this course, we will view and discuss several film versions of these plays in tandem with our discussions.

Grading Policy

Students in this course will write three short papers (2-3 pages). This course also includes a midterm and a final exam. The components of the course will be graded as follows:

Paper 1 10%
Paper 2 10%
Paper 3 10%
Midterm 30%
Final 30%
Participation 10%


A Comedy of Errors
Richard III
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Tempest

I will order individual editions of each of these plays. Students may, however, use any scholarly edition of the collected works. There will also be a course packet containing supplementary readings.


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