Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Humans are storytellers, and many of the stories we tell follow similar patterns. In this class intended to demonstrate the relations among various forms of cultural expression, we will study three of these persistent narratives: “star-crossed lovers,” “revenge,” and “the quest.” One or more classic texts will serve as the core of each of these units, and we will examine a number of adaptations in a variety of artistic media.
A course reader will be available for purchase (the instructor will discuss this on the first day of class)
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, The Pelican Shakespeare ISBN 9780140714548
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, The Pelican Shakespeare, ISBN 9780140714845
(all of these texts are the most affordable with good notes; you may use another edition, but it must have a satisfactory scholarly apparatus)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Requirements will include an analytical essay, written exams, and participation in lively discussion.