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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2009

E s321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
83047
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AYRES, J

Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings: http://registrar.utexas.edu/schedules/

Exploring the plays, we will give special attention to mythos, structure, action, characterization, language, and themes, all the while alert to the variety of Shakespeare's approaches to human problems and the special ways personae are brought to or toward self-discovery. Students should be prepared to read and analyze the text for interpretive choices. Class sessions will be dedicated to lecture and discussion (often beginning class with small group meetings on a topic to share with the class at large).

Grading Policy

Students will write four (3 pp) papers, one "hour" (actually 75 minute) examination, and a final examination. Students will be encouraged to revise papers for a higher grade. Students should be prepared for 10-minute reading quizzes. Class Participation: 20%, Papers: 40%, Hour Examination: 20%, Final Examination: 20%. Attendance: Three absences reduce a student's grade one letter. The fourth absence results in F.

Texts

A Midsummer Night's Dream; Love’s Labor’s Lost; The Merchant of Venice; Henry IV, Part 1; King Lear; The Winter’s Tale. Pelican Shakespeare Paperbacks.

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