E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays (CANCELLED!)
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This course has been cancelled.
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.Format: Generally lecture and discussion.
Close reading journal 30% final grade
Paper, 3,000 words 20% final grade
Three close reading exercises (1000 words), 15% each
Class participation 5%
NO INCOMPLETES WILL BE GIVEN.
Attendance: A lowered grade of 5% for each additional absence after three absences. Tardiness or unexcused early leaving will be tallied as absences (2 T = 1 A).
Conferences: Welcomed during office hours and by appointment. A scheduled missed conference may be counted as an absence. Students should meet in conference at least once in the term. Failure to do so will be considered in tallying the final grade.
Bevington, The Necessary Shakespeare
Plays to be read [in order]: 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