E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
In this class students will be introduced to the poetics of Shakespeare. Considerable attention will be given to Shakespeare's dramatic poetry and its interpretation for performance, both Elizabethan and contemporary. A selection of his most important plays from each genre (tragedy, comedy, history and romance) will be studied, with a view to acquiring techniques of close reading. Each class will include discussion of assigned passages and a short lecture. Students will be expected to prepare answers in advance to the questions that will be discussed in class.
One oral presentation 30%
Regular homework exercises and class participation 40%
One in-class essay 30%
NB: You are expected to do the reading required and to come to every class with opinions, ideas, and questions about what you have read.
Attendance is mandatory. No incompletes.
Richard II, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, The Winter's Tale.
Recommended edition: The Norton Shakespeare (or Oxford Shakespeare)