E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays
9:00 AM-10:00 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.
Close reading journal (Documents general progress in techniques of close reading) 30%
Paper, 3,000 words 40%
Three close reading exercises (1000 words), each 10%
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).
Conferences: Welcomed during office hours and by appointment. A missed conference scheduled outside of office hours may be counted as an absence. Students should meet in conference at least once in the term.
Warning: 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.
NO INCOMPLETES WILL BE GIVEN.
Pelican, Riverside, or Craig-Bevington Shakespeares
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