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English 339

Introduction to Shakespeare

Summer 2010

June 7-July 1

M-Th 1:00-5:00

Salazar 2019

Professor William Babula

William.babula@sonoma.edu

Office Hours

Nichols Hall 380

Call: 664-2146 for Appt.

TEXTS:

The Necessary Shakespeare, ed. David Bevington

(This edition is recommended but other texts are acceptable)

Shakespeare Reader by William Babula

http://www.sonoma.edu/users/b/babula/homepage.htm

Visit the new Globe WEB site in London at www.shakespeare-globe.org

M 6/7 INTRO & TAMING OF THE SHREW –1593

T 6/8 ROMEO AND JULIET - 1594

W 6/9 ROMEO AND JULIET - 1594

R 6/10 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM - 1596

M 6/14 THE MERCHANT OF VENICE - 1597

T 6/15 THE MERCHANT OF VENICE - 1597

W 6/16 HENRY V - 1599

TH 6/17 MIDTERM ESSAY EXAM- BRING AN EXAM BOOK

AND WRITE IN INK PLEASE !

M 6/21 HAMLET - 1601

T 6/22 HAMLET - 1601

W 6/23 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - 1599

TH 6/24 OTHELLO - 1603 & SHORT PAPER DUE

M 6/28 MACBETH - 1606

T 6/29 MACBETH - 1606

W 6/30 THE TEMPEST – 1610

TH 7/1 IN CLASS FINAL ESSAY. BRING AN EXAM BOOK AND PLEASE WRITE IN INK!

Journal articles published by the instructor and collected in the SHAKESPEARE READER will be assigned before the appropriate play is discussed in class. Plays and articles must be read before the appropriate class session when the production is viewed. There will be a quiz on each play the first day it is to be read and viewed except for THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Late quizzes will be accepted but recorded as late and not eligible for full credit.

There will be a midterm and a final and a typed short paper. Grades will be based on the two essay exams, the paper, the quizzes turned in on time or late, class participation, and attendance.

Paper Assignment:

A 3-5 page paper typed in double space in which you discuss a recent film or stage version of a Shakespeare play – in a versionnot viewed in class. Currently available on tape are old and new versions of RICHARD III, HAMLET, TITUS ANDRONICUS, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, and TWELFTH NIGHT among others. The library has an extensive collection of BBC and other Shakespeare videos as well. There is a lot to choose from out there. The paper should compare Shakespeare’s text to the actual production and discuss how the director handled the text. What was the director’s interpretation? Where and when was the play set? Were there cuts, line changes, scenes shifted, lines moved among characters, time and setting changes etc. to support the director’s intentions? The paper should consider whether the director generally supported or expanded on Shakespeare’s intentions in relation to Elizabethan expectations or undermined them in some way as far as you can tell to have the play speak to contemporary culture. Late papers will be penalized one grade level.

 

Note: If you choose a different production of a play viewed in class be sure to comment on how it differs from the class version as well.

Visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland for this season’s plays:

http://www.osfashland.org/

 

Other useful Web sites include:

http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/

http://renaissance.dm.net/compendium/home.html

http://laketahoeshakespeare.com/

http://www.bard.org/

http://www.shaksper.net/archives/files/internet.sites.html

 

Course Goals:

  1. To learn how to read and understand a Shakespeare play
  2. To understand the connection between the text and a film or stage version of a Shakespeare play
  3. To understand the social and historical context of a Shakespeare play
  4. To understand the evolution of Shakespeare’s dramatic art
  5. To understand how our shifting contemporary culture shapes how Shakespeare’s plays are interpreted by modern directors

 

Learning objectives for the GE Areas are now posted on the GE blog for this purpose: http://ssugeproject.blogspot.com/