Shakespeare, Poems and Earlier Plays

Course Number: ENGL 105A
Prerequisites: Writing 2 or upper-division standing
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 105A
Quarter: Spring 2020
Instructor: Fumerton, Patricia
Day(s): TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Description:

We will study five representative plays from the first part of Shakespeare's career, often in conjunction with film adaptations 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. There will be no honor section for this course.