E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course is designed to give students an introduction to the works of William Shakespeare. In this course we will read eight plays. Each play was written at a different point in Shakespeare's career, and each represents a significant development in his theatrical art. During our semester 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 film and stage versions of these plays in tandem with our discussions.
Students in this course will keep a journal in which they will be asked to respond to questions about the readings. This course also includes two 5-page papers and two exams. The components of the course will be graded as follows:
Paper 1 15%
Paper 2 15%
Attendance is required in this course.
A Comedy of Errors, Richard III, Love's Labors Lost, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Cymbeline, The Tempest