07 January 2011

Shakespeare Spring 2011

Shakespeare Professor Mead
ENG341 Spring 2011
January
11 T Introduction
13 R A Midnight Night’s Dream
18 T A Midnight Night’s Dream
20 R A Midnight Night’s Dream
25 T Romeo & Juliet
27 R Romeo & Juliet
February
1 T Romeo & Juliet. Close Reading Paper Due.
3 R Richard III
8 T Richard III
10 R Richard III
15 T Othello
17 R Othello
22 T Othello
24 R Twelfth Night
March
1 T Twelfth Night
3 R Twelfth Night
8 T All’s Well That Ends Well
10 R All’s Well That Ends Well. How does this play fight its genre?
15 T NO CLASS
17 R NO CLASS
22 T All’s Well That Ends Well
24 R Macbeth
29 T Macbeth
31 R Macbeth
April
5 T Antony & Cleopatra. Research Paper Due.
7 R Antony & Cleopatra
12 T Antony & Cleopatra
14 R Cymbeline
19 T Cymbeline
21 R The Winter’s Tale
26 T The Winter’s Tale
28 R Evaluations/Speeches
May
3 T 8:00AM Final Exam (all passage identification)

Close Reading. I’ll give you a choice of two or three passages, and you’ll squeeze every last bit of meaning from the word choice, alliteration, consonance, imagery, diction, syntax, tone, sound effects, repetition, meter, rhythm, rhyme, line breaks, caesuras, and enjambments. No outside sources. 15%
Genre Paper. First identify the characteristics of a given genre, then write an exploratory essay on how the play you choose tends to work against those very conventions. What do we learn about the play from this cross-genre perspective? Minimum of five sources from juried articles or university presses. 15%
Research paper. Think “term paper” in that it should demonstrate a full term’s worth of thought, research, and polishing. 8-10 pages. Ten secondary sources. Strong interpretive, provocative thesis connected by means of topic sentences to every paragraph in the paper. 30%
Final Exam. 20-30 passages from the plays we’ve studied. Provide play, speaker, characters spoken to (if appropriate), dramatic context, thematic importance. 20%
Participation. 20%
Speeches. Students who recite 20+ lines from a play we’ve studied with fewer than six errors (and I do count) will have their final grades raised by one increment (e.g., B to B+).
Students who have special needs must contact the professor as soon as possible, and he will make all reasonable accommodations.
Please remember that you must complete all assignments on time to pass the course.
Keep copies of your drafts and your final papers for security.
Office: OM312B MWF 10-11, TR 8:30-9:30, 11-1* AND BY APPOINTMENT
tel. 438-4336 smead@stmartin.edu You may leave me a voice- or email message, but I cannot promise to respond before the next class meeting.
*I sometimes have meetings during part of these hours.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR CAMPUS EMAIL REGULARLY FOR IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS. This is the only way I have to get in touch with you outside of class, and I need to be reasonably sure you are getting the messages.
I have order The Norton Shakespeare because it was the cheapest, but you may also use The Pelican, The Bevington, or The Riverside.

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