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The plays of Shakespeare have a performance history that is exceptionally rich and strange. In this course we will read several of the plays and look at some of the ways they have been re-imagined and restaged. We will consider the origin of the plays as popular entertainment–competing for an audience against bear-baitings and public executions. We will consider their transformation into canonical texts and their de-canonization in parodies like Dogg’s Hamlet and Drunk Shakespeare. Among the works we will read and watch are Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare Behind Bars, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead. Assignments will include analytical essays and creative adaptations in a variety of media.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
four 5-page papers, in-class presentation
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
first- and second-year students, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway course
The instructor will provide frequent written feedback on student work. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses