E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
We will approach Shakespeares 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.
Six (6) 3 pp position papers; one (1) 5 pp paper; a final 5 pp paper, two (2) hour examinations.
Class work 30%
The Necessary Shakespeare, ed. Bevington
A Midsummer Nights Dream
As You Like It
The Winters Tale
Romeo and Juliet
The Merchant of Venice