MEMS 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

We will read a representative group of dramatic works by William Shakespeare, including plays from all four genres to which he contributed: comedy, tragedy, history plays, and romance. These works have become the touchstones of all that we treasure (and much of what we so productively contest) in the western literary canon, and we will pay considerable attention to the features that have made them so, but they did not function primarily as literary artifacts in their own era, nor was the popular drama considered to be an entirely respectable form of entertainment. We will consider the political and social circumstances in which the vital and unprecedented popular theater of early modern England emerged, as well as the practical components of Renaissance stagecraft. Plays likely to be on our syllabus are: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Henry IV, Part One; Merchant of Venice; Hamlet; Othello; King Lear; The Tempest.

Course Requirements:

Student contributions will include regular attendance and participation at lecture and discussion sessions, frequent quizzes, two 1500-word essays, a midterm and a final.

MEMS 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
14708
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
19701
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3
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
14709
Open
5
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
31086
Open
13
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
31087
Open
15
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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