English 30.5 – Shakespeare I

Tanya Pollard

Office: 3108 Boylan

phone: 718-951-6126

hours: MW 2:30-3:15, Sun 11:45-12:15, and by appointment

Week

Date

Reading

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

9-9

9-16

9-23

9-30

10-7

10-14

10-21

10-28

11-4

11-11

11-18

12-2

12-9

12-16

Introduction, Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1-3

Midsummer Night’s Dream, 4-5 ; Henry IV, Part I, 1-2

Henry IV, Part I, 3-5 (short essay due)

As You Like It, 1-3

As You Like It, 4-5; midterm review

midterm exam

Hamlet, 1-3

Hamlet, 4-5 (staging exercise)

Othello , 1-3

Othello, 4-5 (proposal due for final essay)

The Winter’s Tale, 1-3

The Winter’s Tale, 4-5; review (final essay due)

final exam, 12:30-2:30

Course Requirements and Expectations:

Attendance

Because your contributions to class discussion are a central part of your work for this course, attendance is crucial. If you miss more than two classes, your overall grade will drop; at four absences, you may fail the class. Arriving late to class will count as a partial absence.

Texts

Because this class is based on close reading of Shakespeare’s plays, it is important that everyone has a copy of the play in class. You may use any editions, and if purchasing the books is a problem, there should be plenty of texts in the library. If you forget your copy, stop by the library and check one out on the way to class.

Participation

Learning is a collaborative process, which works best when each of you engages fully with the texts and with each other. To this end, I will expect you to participate actively in class discussions, and you will be required to provide and introduce topics for class discussion on a rotating basis. Your contributions will determine a significant portion of the semester’s grade. In order to build a classroom atmosphere of courtesy and concentration, please avoid behavior that is disrespectful and interferes with others’ learning, including rudeness, talking while others are speaking, and ringing from cell-phones, pagers, watches, etc.

Writing

Written work should have a thesis that is well argued, clearly written, and supported by analytical close readings of textual passages. All papers should be typed, double-spaced, in a 12-point font, with one-inch margins on all sides. Lateness will result in lowering of the grade; if you have trouble printing, e-mail your paper to me before class and follow up with a hard copy as soon as possible. Any use of others’ ideas must be fully acknowledged in footnotes; speak to me if you are unsure about what this means. Plagiarism is extremely serious, and will result in failing the class and being reported to the Dean’s Office.

Coursework and grading:

Participation and topics

short essay and staging project

Midterm exam

Final essay

Final exam

 

20%

20%

20%

20%

20%

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