E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays
3:00 PM-4:00 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.
Attendance is required. A total of three unexcused absences are allowed. Frequent, unannounced quizzes will be given at the beginning of class periods. There will be no make-ups and no extensions during class time for latecomers. A missed quiz counts as a zero. You will be expected to lead class with a classmate once during the semester and to perform in a scene from one of the plays.First essay 10%
Second essay 20%
Third essay 25%
Take home final exam 30%
Quizzes and class performance 15%
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