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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2009

E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays

Unique Days Time Location Instructor

Sullivan, P

Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

On completing this course a student should have detailed knowledge of eleven of Shakespeare's plays, ten we study together and one the student chooses for independent reading and a class presentation. Together we will consider A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV Part 1, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest. Our reading will inform critical writing and conversation about the plays, with a dual emphasis on close analysis of text and the dynamics of drama.

We will take some time to practice using secondary resources that help make sense of Shakespeare’s language in these and other plays and poems.

Students will attend one performance of Shakespeare, and will also study two or more filmed performances.

Grading Policy

Attendance and active participation in discussion: 10%; Quizzes and a test on reading 20%; Essay in close reading (5-7 pages) 20%; Essay in performance criticism (6 pages) 20%; Final paper and presentation (10 pages) 30%


The Norton Shakespeare: The Essential Plays and Sonnets, edited by Stephen Greenblatt and others. Selections from seminal essays in Shakespeare criticism.


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