English 30.5 – TR9 – Shakespeare I
416 Whitehead Hall
Office: 3108 Boylan
phone: 718-951-5000 x6216
hours: TR 12:15-1:00, 3:30-4:15, and by appointment
Introduction, Midsummer Night’s Dream
Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1-2
Midsummer Night’s Dream, 3-4
workshop: OED online, Library Room 383
Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5
Henry IV, Part One, 1 presentations
Henry IV, Part One, 2-3
Henry IV, Part One, 4-5
no class (Monday conversion day)
Much Ado About Nothing, 1-2
Much Ado About Nothing, 3-4
Much Ado About Nothing, 5
Winter’s Tale, 1-2
Winter’s Tale, 3-4
Winter’s Tale, 5
Library research workshop
no class (Thanksgiving)
peer-editing of drafts
overview, 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.
Readings: Because this class is based on close reading of the plays, it is very important that everyone reads the text before coming to class. To ensure that this happens, we will have regular brief reading quizzes. If you fail more than six reading quizzes (whether from absence or not having done the reading), you will not be able to pass the course. It is also very important that everyone brings a copy of the play to class. Signet editions of all the plays 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.
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 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.
Written work should have a thesis that is well argued, clearly written, and supported by analytical close readings of textual passages. Specific guidelines will be distributed before each assignment. Late papers will be marked down for each day late. Any use of others’ 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 Dean’s Office.
Coursework and grading:
Regular reading quizzes
Participation, topics, short essays, and staging exercise