Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This class will consist of a close reading and discussion of about a dozen of Shakespeare's plays and a selection of his poems. It will take a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including the historical, the philosophical, and the economic, but with special emphasis on the astonishing power of his poetry and the psychological and moral insight of his drama.
Though there will be some latitude in the choice of plays (requests welcome), it would be a good idea to prepare by reading beforehand one of the comedies (A Midsummer Night's dream, for instance), a tragedy (Hamlet or Lear), and Richard II, if the student is relatively new to Shakespeare.
The Riverside Shakespeare
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Previous academic study of Shakespeare would be helpful but not essential if the student has some background in literary analysis. There will be regular quizzes and scenes will be performed together in class. A short term paper is required.