Some of the richest, most vibrant and evocative moments in Shakespearean drama are the soliloquies — by Hamlet, Macbeth, Juliet, Othello, etc. Some of the greatest poems in English are dramatic monologues, speeches delivered by a character distinct from the poet, such as Browning’s “My Last Duchess,” Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” or T. S. Eliot’s “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Shakespearean soliloquies and dramatic monologues provide opportunities to explore the primacy of an individual voice and the theatrical presentation of character. Our project stresses attentive reading, careful listening, and cogent analysis of poetic and dramatic language. In this writing-intensive course, students write five or six short essays and regularly critique their tutorial partner’s interpretations. Another priority of this course is argument, how to elaborate and interrogate a case, a perspective, an analysis.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly conferences with instructor and tutorial partner, short essays every other week, some memorization and recitation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills