MEMS 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

A study of Shakespeare's dramatic works, selected to represent his exploration of major genres over the course of his career. Although we will be reading the plays intensively as literary works, we will also be considering social and political issues in Elizabethan and Jacobean England in order to clarify the complex engagement of Shakespeare's stage with cultural controversies of his period. Our goal will be to appreciate Shakespeare and to examine the impact of his drama in its own day and its ramifications for ours. As much as possible, we will also be discussing the plays we read as works written for performance, and explore what this meant then and now.

The plays likely to be studied: A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Merchant of Venice; Measure for Measure; Hamlet; Othello; King Lear; The Tempest. The text used will be The Norton Shakespeare, 3rd edition. Be sure you have the complete plays, which is available in a one-volume hardbound and a more portable two-volume set (Early Plays/Later Plays).

Course Requirements:

There will be a midterm and a final exam, as well as two relatively short essays.

Intended Audience:

Anyone who wants to take a course in Shakespeare designed to give them a deep as well as broad experience. Non-majors as well as English majors are welcome.

Class Format:

Two weekly lectures (with occasional, focused discussions and exercises) and one weekly, small-sized discussion section.

MEMS 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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You will need the 3rd edition of the Norton Shakespeare--be sure that it is the 3rd edition. You can use either the hardbound one volume or the paperback two volume (I Early Plays and Poems II Later Plays and Poems).
ISBN: 0393934993
The Norton Shakespeare, Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company 2016
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