E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays-W
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
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.
1. Daily reading assignments and class discussions. Because this is not a lecture course, and because the reading will be fully manageable, I expect that you will come to every class with opinions, ideas, and questions about what you have read. 2. Four essays, each five pages in length. 3. Leading discussion with a classmate once during the course 4. Performance in a scene from the plays 5. Regular attendance
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 in the case of extreme medical and personal emergencies, which will require documentation. Please arrive promptly to class. Habitual latecomers will be penalized on "class participation."
The Riverside Shakespeare, ed. G. Blakemore Evans et. The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare, ed. by Russ 2nd edition 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 You must bring the relevant text to class.