ENG 340 R. McDonald
Later Shakespeare Spring 2002
JANUARY 14 Introduction to the Course
16 Twelfth Night
21 Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday
23 Twelfth Night Quiz
28 Twelfth Night Bedford Companion, Chapter 1
FEBRUARY 4 No Class Bedford Companion, Chapters 2 and 3
6 Othello Quiz
11 Othello Bedford Companion, Chapter 4
13 Measure for Measure
18 Measure for Measure Quiz
20 Measure for Measure Bedford Companion, Chapter 5
25 King Lear
27 King Lear Quiz
MARCH 4 King Lear
6 Mid-Term Examination
8-17 Spring Recess
20 No Class Bedford Companion, Chapter 6
25 Macbeth Quiz
APRIL 1 Antony and Cleopatra Bedford Companion, Chapter 7
3 Antony and Cleopatra Quiz
8 Independent Work on Paper
10 Independent Work on Paper
15 Antony and Cleopatra Paper Due
17 The Winter
24 The Winter
29 The Tempest Quiz
1 The Tempest Bedford Companion, Chapter 10
MAY 6 The Tempest
13 Final Examination 12:00-3:00
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Office Hours: Monday 3:30-4:30; Wednesday 1:00-2:00; also by appointment. You are encouraged to consult me about problems in reading, for help with writing papers, and on other such matters.
G. B. Evans, ed. The Riverside Shakespeare, 2nd. ed (Houghton Mifflin, 1997). Any modern text with adequate notes may be used instead of the Riverside. Older editions without notes or with minimal introductory matter are unacceptable; using such a faulty text will damage your performance in the course and thus damage your grade.
McDonald, The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare, 2nd ed. (St. Martin
STUDENT LEARNING GOALS
Upon completion of ENG 340, you will
be able to read a Shakespeare play with pleasure and understanding
demonstrate an understanding of the components of drama generally
be able to apply your reading ability and critical skills to other works of early modern literature
have acquired a general understanding of Elizabethan culture, particularly its theatrical and literary milieux
be able to write an effective analysis of a literary work
Work load: there will be substantial reading, one critical paper, a quiz on each play, and mid-term and final examinations. On the first day devoted to a play, you should have read at least half of it, i.e. you should be well into Act Three. You will then need to finish the play by the next class.
The quiz, given on the second day devoted to the play, will cover the entire work and is designed to see that you are reading carefully. There will be ten questions and a bonus. Questions will concern characters, their actions, paraphrasing of lines, and other such basic information. (A sample quiz is available on my web page.) One quiz grade will be dropped; there are no make-ups on quizzes. It is not permissible to come to class for the quiz and then leave.
Regular attendance is expected, and participation in discussion is encouraged and rewarded. Absence will damage your performance. If you are having difficulties that prevent you from coming to class, let me know early; the student who misses four classes and then returns pleading illness is on shaky ground.
The paper is due on the date assigned, at the beginning of class. Late papers will be penalized in fairness to those who have sacrificed other duties to finish their papers on time.
Plagiarism or other violations of the University Honor Code will be dealt with harshly. My web page contains information that may be helpful in the preparation of papers
Grades will be calculated according to the following imprecise scale: the two examinations count about half; quizzes and critical paper count about half; you may raise your grade by regular class participation and by improvement over the course of the term.
FILMS AND VIDEOS
Filmed versions of most of the plays have been placed on reserve in the Teaching and Learning Center, McNutt Building, corner of Forest and Spring Garden Streets. The tape is usually available one week before we take up the play in class. You are strongly encouraged to avail yourselves of these performances, while recognizing that watching the video will not substitute for a careful reading of the play. Ideally, you would read the play carefully, then watch a filmed performance, and then re-read certain scenes of the text. Many of the films I have designated, as well as other versions, are available for rent at commercial video stores and for borrowing at the public library.
Twelfth Night (multiple versions)
Othello (multiple versions)
Measure for Measure (BBC)
King Lear (multiple versions)
Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company)
The Tempest (BBC)