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ENGL2079 - Shakespeare
Instructor(s)
Semester
2019-2020 Second Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 9:30 am - 12:20 pm , MB103
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one ENGL course under List A and the other one under List B).

 

Half a millennia after he finished writing, William Shakespeare is the world’s most influential and widely studied playwright.  This course examines some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in order to help explain why this might be.  The course provides an introduction to Shakespeare’s drama as well as the historical, literary, theatrical, and philosophical contexts in which it was written.  We will explore Shakespeare’s construction of character, his use of language, and his theatrical technique in order to get a better understanding of the ongoing life of his plays.  But we will also look at how critics, readers, and theatre practitioners have interpreted and re-interpreted his works over the centuries.  Students will be encouraged to develop their own readings of the plays during the course.

Assessment: 100% coursework.

Topics

The course will examine: the tragic genre, dramatic character, poetic drama and language, early modern theatrical practice, early modern history, and the critical tradition.

Objectives

The purpose of this course is to improve students’ skills of literary analysis while introducing them to Shakespeare’s dramatic works. The course is designed to heighten understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s language as well as to encourage students to grapple with challenging questions of textual interpretation.

Organisation

We will meet once a week for three hours.  The class will be made up of formal lectures, group work, and class discussions.  Each week different students will present a short discussion paper on a particular aspect of a play.  There will also be one or two short in-class written exercises throughout the semester.

Assessment

Class Attendance and Participation – 10%
In-Class Exercises and Presentations – 20%
Mid-Term Paper – 25%
Final Paper – 45% 

Texts

To be determined closer to the date


Instructor(s)
Semester
2019-2020 Second Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 9:30 am - 12:20 pm , MB103
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one ENGL course under List A and the other one under List B).