English 3122 –Shakespeare I

Tanya Pollard

 

2150 Boylan

TR11-12:15

e-mail: tpollard@brooklyn.cuny.edu

website: http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/tpollard

Office: 3108 Boylan

phone: 718-951-5000 x6216

hours:  T 12:15-12:45 & 3:30-

   4:30, Th 10:30-11, and by

   appointment

 

 

Week

Date

Reading

Assignment

 

1

8-28

Introduction, Romeo and Juliet

 

 

 

8-30

Romeo and Juliet, 1-2

Group 1-1

 

2

9-4

Romeo and Juliet, 3-4

Group 2-1

 

 

9-6

Workshop: OED online, Library Room 383

 

 

3

9-11

Romeo and Juliet, 5

Group 3-1

 

 

9-13

Presentations

short essay

 

4

9-18

No class

 

 

 

9-20

Henry IV, Part I, 1-2

Group 4-1

 

5

9-25

No class

 

 

 

9-27

Henry IV, Part I, 3-4

Group 1-2

 

6

10-2

Henry IV, Part I, 5 Twelfth Night, 1

Group 2-2

 

 

10-4

Twelfth Night, 2-3

Group 3-2

 

7

10-9

Twelfth Night, 4-5

Group 4-2

 

 

10-11

Midterm review

 

 

8

10-16

Midterm exam

exam

 

 

10-18

Antony and Cleopatra, 1-2

Group 1-3

 

9

10-23

Antony and Cleopatra, 3-4

Group 2-3

 

 

10-25

Antony and Cleopatra, 5

Group 3-3

 

10

10-30

Staging presentations

staging exercise

 

 

11-1

WinterÕs Tale, 1-2

Group 4-3

 

11

11-6

WinterÕs Tale, 3-4

 

 

 

11-8

WinterÕs Tale, 5

 

 

12

11-13

Library research workshop

 

 

 

11-15

Review

 

 

13

11-20

Exam

Exam

 

 

11-22

No class, Thanksgiving

 

 

14

11-27

Presentations

 

 

 

11-29

Presentations

 

 

15

12-4

Presentations

 

 

 

12-6

Revision workshop

Draft due

 

16

12-11

Final essay

Final essay due

 

Course Requirements and Expectations:

Attendance is required.  If you miss more than three classes, your overall grade will drop; at six absences, you will fail the class. Lateness will count as a partial absence.

 

Texts: Because this class is based on close reading of the texts, it is very important that everyone reads everything fully before coming to class.  To ensure that this happens, we will have regular brief reading quizzes.  If you fail more than 3 reading quizzes (either from absence or not having done the reading), you will fail the course.  It is also very important that everyone brings a copy of the text to class.  Editions of all the texts are available to be purchased at Shakespeare & Co. bookstore on Hillel, but you are welcome to use other editions if you prefer. If you forget your copy you should stop by the library and check out an edition on the way to class.

 

Presentations and responses: Each of you will be assigned to a group, and will be (individually, not collaboratively) responsible to come to class prepared to present a close reading of a passage from that dayÕs reading, and to submit a short written response, on the day your group is scheduled.  If you will be absent on a day you are scheduled to present, it is your responsibility to find someone to swap with you.  If you miss class without finding a replacement, you will lose credit for the presentation, but your written response is still due.

 

Participation: Learning is a collaborative process, and it is important that each of you engage fully with the texts and with each other.  To this end, I will expect you to participate actively in class discussions, and to respond to your classmatesÕ presentations. In order to build a classroom atmosphere of courtesy and concentration, please avoid behavior that is disrespectful and interferes with othersÕ learning, including talking while others are speaking, interruptions from cell-phones, etc.

Written work should have a thesis that is well argued, clearly written, and supported by analytical close readings of textual passages; it should also be typed, double-spaced, stapled, with pages numbered.  Specific guidelines will be distributed before each assignment.  All written work is due at the start of class; arriving late will mark papers as late, and late papers will be marked down for each day late.  Any use of othersÕ ideas must be fully acknowledged in footnotes; see me if you are unsure about what this means.  Plagiarism will result in failing the class and being reported to the DeanÕs Office.

 

Coursework and grading:

 

Quizzes

Participation, presentations, and short essays

midterm exam

final exam

final essay

20%

20%

20%

20%

20%

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