Shakespeare: Poems and Early 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: Summer A 2011
Instructor:
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:35 PM
Location: GIRV 1119
Description:

Can be used for the Early Modern specialization. If this course is used to fulfill the Shakespeare requirement for English major, it cannot also be used as an upper-division English elective. One of the distinctive English arts is that of change ringing (example at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bix3S52VHsE&feature=related). In this course, we will study five plays from the earlier half of Shakespeare’s corpus, with an eye to how he rang changes on dramatic, linguistic and cultural conventions as he wrote.

Together with lecture and discussion groups, each play will include a day of performance workshop, where we enact the texts (reading aloud from the book) and imagine ways to block and costume scenes. Requirements include attendance and participation, a midterm and final exam, a paper and a final project based on the performance workshops.

Required texts are the Pelican editions of Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice and Hamlet, and the Signet edition of Richard III.