E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays (Unique #34245 and #34250)
This course studies one of the most popular and difficult writers in English, whose complexity might be underestimated because he seems so accessible in the theater and in popular culture. We will study eight Shakespeare plays, primarily to develop and challenge our appreciation of his work, but also to enhance reading and writing skills.
First essay 10%
Second essay 20%
Third essay 25%
Take home final exam 30%
Quizzes and class performance 15% (the lowest quiz grade will be dropped)
Attendance is required. A total of three unexcused absences are allowed. A fourth absence will result in a one-grade reduction for the course. A fifth absence will cost you another grade. If you miss more than five classes, you cannot pass the course. No absences are considered excused except extreme medical and personal emergencies, which will require documentation. Please arrive promptly to class. Habitual latecomers will be penalized on "class participation."
Frequent, unannounced quizzes will be given at the beginning of class periods. There will be no make-ups and no extensions during class time for latecomers. A missed quiz counts as a zero.
The Riverside Shakespeare, ed. G. Blakemore Evans etc.
The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare, ed. by Russ Macdonald
Works for this semester: Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV (Part 1), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Othello, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest