ENGLISH 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays
Section: 201
Term: SU 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will examine the dramaturgy of William Shakespeare, beginning early in his career with Romeo and Juliet and ending with Othello. In our meetings, we will try to submerge Shakespeare's works within their cultural, and intellectual, surrounds. Thus, Romeo and Juliet will be read in relation to the early modern period's fascination with the Neoplatonic theory of love, while Hamlet will be assessed in light of relevant, early modern theories of melancholy and sadness. Other topics with which we will engage will include Renaissance gender theory (Twelfth Night), and philosophical skepticism (Othello). In an attempt to appreciate the interpretive possibilities opened up by Shakespearean drama, we will regularly view scenes from modern, cinematic adaptations of the plays we read.

Book:

William Shakespeare, The Norton Shakespeare, second edition, eds. Greenblatt, Cohen, Howard, and Maus. Please try to use this edition. Be sure to read the introductory essays to the plays. Outdated, or trade paperback editions typically leave the plays underglossed, which makes them harder for you to understand.

Course Requirements:

Our discussion of each play will be preceded by a brief, multiple-choice quiz to make sure you are keeping up with the reading (20% of your final grade). At the conclusion of the last discussion of each play, there will be a forty-five minute in-class writing assignment (55%). Being on time to class and contributing to our discussions will constitute a sizable portion of your final grade (25%). Students who fail to bring their books to class will not be counted as attending.

ENGLISH 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays
Schedule Listing
201 (LEC)
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73160
Open
6
 
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TuTh 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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