ENGLISH 368 - Shakespeare's Plays: The Jacobean Years
Section: 001 Beyond Hamlet
Term: WN 2013
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other Course Info:
W.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will follow Shakespeare’s career as a dramatist from the point he reached the height of his dramatic powers until his retirement from the theatre: from Hamlet to The Tempest, then. The thematic focus of discussion will be Shakespeare’s representation of family relations, and, more particularly, his insistent representation of the forces of eros and eris—desire and revenge.

Plays we shall read will include one very problemmatic “comedy” Measure for Measure; the great tragedies Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra,; one “Roman” play, Coriolanus; and two “romances,” The Winter’s Tale and the consummately rich The Tempest.

For those who have not had a chance to study Shakespeare’s early career, and especially for those for whom this course must be their only (shudder!) college course devoted to Shakespeare, I will offer optional additional lectures on one history play and one earlier comedy.

Course Requirements:

Consistent presence at lecture and section meeting; lively engagement in discussion, two essays (around 6 pp. each), a midterm and a final examination.

ENGLISH 368 - Shakespeare's Plays: The Jacobean Years
Schedule Listing
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
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24311
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
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24312
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6
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
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27775
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
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27776
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
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33060
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
007 (DIS)
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33061
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
008 (DIS)
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34402
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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Note:
This system does not allow me to list the book which we shall use: it is The Norton Shakespeare, second edition, edited by Greenblatt and others. I wish each student to have access to all of Shakespeare's works. Those who used the volume containing the Earlier Shakespeare may add on the volume with the later plays, just so each has a copy of the complete works. The Norton is super in its scholarship, but it is a challenge to read because of the thinness of the paper and the way text leaks through. Another fine publication, not so up-to-date in scholarship but sound and easier to read (though not to carry!) is the Riverside Shakespeare. Students may use that, or the Arden edition of individual plays.
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