LHSP 125 - College Writing
Section: 005 Even Worse Than Shakespeare
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of 20 Lloyd Hall Scholars Program credits may be counted toward a degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Norman Mailer wrote of once having heard or read—he no longer remembered where—this story of Chekhov being summoned to Tolstoy’s country estate. There the great lion of Russian literature praised the younger author’s stories, but lambasted his plays as being “even worse than Shakespeare.” In Mailer’s recounting, Chekhov, once outside, explained his thoughts as follows: “I drove to the train station over snow-covered roads. I whipped the horses. I beseeched them to go faster. Faster! And to the full moon I cried aloud: ‘I am even worse than Shakespeare!’”

Tolstoy objected to what he felt was Shakespeare’s reliance on the unnatural (i.e., characters don’t speak the way people speak, implausible settings, etc.), which meant that Shakespeare could not “produce on the reader that illusion which constitutes the chief condition of art.” In this course we’ll examine the above-mentioned writers with an eye to grappling with their prose and philosophies, especially with regards to love and art. Our material, which will also include Plato and Anatole Broyard, will serve as the grist for your own thinking and writing. Over the term, you will write four revised essays (plus two shorter ones) ranging from literary analysis to an adaptation.

LHSP 125 - College Writing
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
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12926
Open
7
1LHSP
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MW 9:30AM - 11:00AM
002 (REC)
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12927
Closed
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MW 10:30AM - 12:00PM
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12928
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1
1LHSP
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (REC)
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12929
Open
3
4LHSP
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TuTh 10:30AM - 12:00PM
005 (REC)
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12930
Open
1
1LHSP
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TuTh 10:30AM - 12:00PM
006 (REC)
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26307
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
007 (REC)
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28238
Open
5
3LHSP
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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