Fall 2012 - Graduate 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. In addition to adaptations, we will engage with scholarly arguments about Shakespeare's works.
Our plays will include: Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Winter's Tale.
The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies ed. Penny Gay, Cambridge University Press, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-521-67269-6
You may purchase an anthology (the Norton is the best value) or individual editions. If you buy the individual editions, please be sure you are getting a scholarly edition--Arden, Oxford, or even Pelican all fit this description.
We will have course reserves and you will be expected to have a style manual of some sort (Turabian, Chicago, or MLA).
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Presentations, short papers, final project, and class participation.