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English 2220

Introduction to Shakespeare


Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: 2.C.1
Prerequisites: English 1110 or equivalent

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
(see below for plays)

Example Syllabus:

Course Objectives: Shakespeare might be the most famous author in English literary history. This course will introduce you to his works and the culture and theater in which they were produced. It will provide a range of techniques and resources to enable you to read, see, and discuss Shakespeare with skill and pleasure. This course fulfills the GE category for literature.

Course Content: We will sample a few sonnets but focus mostly on Shakespeare's dramatic works. Our plays (which survey three major dramatic genres) include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, and Antony and Cleopatra. I have ordered the Folger Shakespeare Library editions (each $6 new on Amazon, also available used and as ebooks). You are welcome to substitute other good editions -- just check with me to see if yours will do. We will supplement our study of the plays with some historical context and film clips to explore different strategies and contexts for interpretation.

Method of Presentation: discussion, lecture, and student presentations

Method of Evaluation: Two short essays, quizzes, student presentations (individual or group), final exam


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