E f321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
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.
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%
A Comedy of Errors
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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.