We will study five representative plays from the first part of
Shakespeare's career, often in conjunction with film adapations
of the works. The five plays are The Taming of the Shrew,
Richard II, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant
of Venice, and Hamlet. Students are expected to read
each play at least twice. The mid-term and exam will expect high
familiarity with the plays. Lectures will not proceed in narrative
order through the individual plays but will discuss dominant themes
and issues addressed by each play in its entirety. A short paper
and a longer paper will allow students to hone their critical writing
skills. Individual sections will require students to attend regularly
and contribute to the class discussions.
In addition to the lecture and discussion sections led by TAs,
there will be an Honors Section
led by the professor of the course. It will be held on Thursdays,
3:30-420 in SH 2510.
This Shakespeare class is one of a large number of offerings by
the English Department's faculty in the early modern period (1500-1800).
Students taking early modern classes are encouraged to drop by the
Early Modern Center (SH
2510) and use its facilities during its open hours (facilities include
a small research library and eight computers with access to the
latest databases in early modern studies). A graduate student TA
(The Early Modern Center Fellow), Catherine Zutsky, will be available
to help you with any questions or problems you might have operating
the equipment. The Center will be open for several hours every day.
Hours are as follows:
Students interested in English literature 1500-1800 are also encouraged
to make a specialization of Early
Modern Studies. The English Department currently offers four
specializations within the English major, including Early Modern
Studies. Students qualify for an EMS specialization when they take
four elective courses in English or American literature covering
all or part of the period 1500-1800. For more information see Early
Modern Studies. If you are interested in signing up for the
specialization, please fill out the one-page form with the Department's
Acting Undergraduate Advisor, Susan
Gosling . Also, if you are interested in being included in the
online mailings for undergraduate early modern studies (emus), please
contact Catherine Zusky at email@example.com.