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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
32755 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
GSB 2.122
CHAPELLE-WOJCIEHOWSKI

Course Description

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this Shakespeare class
From which you'll learn the genres of the Bard
There are four in all; you'll see it's not that hard.
Two histories of English kings we'll read:
Of evil Richard, killer turned for greed,
And good King Henry (Hal), who conquered France,
But in a nice way, when he had the chance.
To ease the student's burden then by half
At three of Shakespeare's comedies we'll laugh:
Midsummer Night, where lovers lost are found;
In As You Like It, girls in drag abound;
And then a strange one, set in old Vienna,
That asks us who's the saint and who's the sinner.
When laughter's o'er, to tragedy we'll turn:
Of Denmark something rotten shall we learn--
That Hamlet's uncle Claudius for lust
Killed his own brother. So is vengeance just?
Prince Hamlet must decide what he will do:
To be or not to be, if life’s untrue.
Quite creepy is that play, dark and remote,
In Shakespeare's romance is our antidote:
The Winter's Tale is kind of creepy, too,
But ends with strange redemption for a few;
A stunning tale of magic sadness cures—
It’s called The Tempest, in it hope endures.

Grading Policy

One 5-page paper 15%
1st draft of research paper 20%
Final draft of research paper 25%
Midterm 15%
Second Exam 15%
Scene presentation 10%

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