Comedies and Romances

Tanya Pollard
MWF 3:30-4:30
Old Main 111

This course will examine recurring themes and their variations in Shakespeare's comedies, as well as their revisitation and revision in the later romances. Discussions will consider the nature of these genres in the period, and Shakespeare's innovations upon them; topics may include desire, constraints, twinship, confusion, tests, trials, triumphs, and marriage. We will examine both commonly performed plays, and some which might not be included in a one-semester Shakespeare survey. Readings will include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like it, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, All's Well that Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, & The Tempest.

OED Exercise
Close Reading Exercise
First Paper
Staging Paper
Final Paper
Shakespeare Resources on the Web

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