ENGL 201
Shakespeare Spring 2018
Division I
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One of Shakespeare’s most original recent readers has claimed, “Nothing without, perhaps nothing within, Shakespeare’s words could discover the power to withstand the power Shakespeare’s words release.” To put it another way, this was a writer who created something so new, so unfathomable, that neither life nor language could easily contain it. In this course, we will become acquainted with Shakespeare’s major works, but we will also remain alert to their capacity to confound. Serious attention will be given to genre, form, the historical conditions of the Renaissance theater and book trade, modes of literary transmission, and the shape of Shakespeare’s career. Plays will include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV, Part I, Hamlet, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest. We will also read the Sonnets. The course is designed to offer a first encounter with Shakespeare, but more advanced students are welcome too.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3790
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: one 3-page paper, one 7-paper, occasional short analytical exercises, midterm exam, final exam, class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: English majors and prospective English majors
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A

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