Fall 2010 - 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.
The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare’s Comedies ed. Penny Gay, Cambridge University Press, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-521-67269-6
The Merchant of Venice 9780140714623
Pelican Shakespeare Editions of:
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:
Assignments will include short writing assignments, essay exams, a social networking project, and active participation.