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

Fall 2004

E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32750 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 206
AYRES

Course Description

We will approach Shakespeare’s texts as scripts written for performance. Students should be prepared not only for frequent in-class “reading performances” of scenes but active participation in a final performance project requiring memorization of lines and rehearsals. We will also, from time to time, examine film versions of the plays. Our close, critical, reading of the script (both for class and in class) will hopefully open up the various possibilities of interpreting the play experiences. Attendance, preparation for class (text in hand), and energetic contribution to discussion and performance are absolutely necessary.

Grading Policy

Six (6) 3 pp “position” papers; one (1) 5 pp paper; a final 5 pp paper, two (2) hour examinations.

Writing 50%
Class work 30%
Exams 20%

Texts

The Necessary Shakespeare, ed. Bevington

Plays:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
As You Like It
The Winter’s Tale
Richard II
The Tempest
Romeo and Juliet
The Merchant of Venice
Twelfth Night
King Lear

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