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

Fall 2005

E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33055 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 204

Course Description

In this class we shall read and discuss seven plays by Shakespeare. Students will be required to see videos of all these plays outside class hours, and the question of performance will be central. The visit of the Actors from the London Stage, who will perform Twelfth Night, will be incorporated into the class. There will be no lectures: students must come to class prepared to participate actively in discussion and close reading of the plays, and to perform occasional scenes. No acting talent is required, however, and grades will not depend on performance.

Grading Policy

Your attendance and active participation in the class are required. Three unexcused absences will lower your grade by one letter; five will mean an automatic F. Grades will be based on two 1500-word essays; ten reading journals (300 words each); occasional quizzes, and a final essay exam. For a good grade (A or B) clear, grammatical writing and coherent argumentation will be essential.

Journal and papers 50%
Attendance/participation 10%
Quizzes 15%
Final exam 25%


The Complete Works of Shakespeare, ed. David Bevington


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