Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
William Shakespeare is funny. In this course, we will read a selection of Shakespeare’s comedies, a bit of tragedy, a bit of history, and some of his sonnets to tease out the ways he uses humor in his work. With some attention to comedy as a narrative structure, we will also think about what is not so funny in these plays. Throughout the semester, we will consider some film adaptations of Shakespeare’s work and how recent directors have handled the comedy of the plays.
1. The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare’s Comedies ed. Penny Gay, Cambridge University Press, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-521-67269-6
2. Course Reserves
3. Pelican Shakespeare Editions of:
• The Merchant of Venice 9780140714623
• A Midsummer Night’s Dream 9780140714555
• Much Ado about Nothing 9780140714807
• Romeo and Juliet 9780140714845
• Richard III 9780140714838
• The Taming of the Shrew 9780140714517
• Twelfth Night 9780140714890
• The Two Gentlemen of Verona 9780140714616
• The Winter’s Tale 9780140714883
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should demonstrate:
- a detailed knowledge of the plays we read;
- the ability to think critically about the texts; and
- an understanding of Shakespeare’s drama in its cultural and historical context.
Assignments will include short writings, exams, and a social network project.