E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
We will approach Shakespeare's texts as scripts written for performance. Students should be prepared not only for frequent in-class discussion and reading performances of scenes, but also for 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.
Writing and exams: two (2) hour exams, one (1) in-class essay, one (1) out-of-class essay, final examination. Classwork involves writing brief "position paragraphs" on special topics in the plays, quizzes about text understanding, group discussions of topics, group reports, "reading performances" of scenes, lecture, and discussion.
Writing and exams 60%
Class work 40%
The Complete Works of Shakespeare, ed. Bevington
The Taming of the Shrew
Love's Labours Lost
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Merchant of Venice
Romeo and Juliet
One revenge play by a writer contemporary with Shakespeare