|Course Name||SHAKESPEAREAN LITERATURE|
|Can you take this course more than once?||No|
|Periods per Day||1.0|
|Fulfills the following graduation requirements|
|Also in the following groups|
|Syllabus||No Syllabus Found|
While we will read, discuss and analyze the plays of Shakespeare in a traditional manner, this class will primarily center around performance. And while it is great to understand and analyze Shakespeare's characters and language, we do feel your understanding of his plays can be deepened by being on your feet, reading lines aloud, and acting out key scenes. Consequently, while students should expect significant reading and writing assignments, much of the work this semester will be done in class. Through read-outs, recitations, small group assignments and full-length performances, we will have lots of fun bringing the works of Shakespeare to life.
Furthermore, we do want you to take risks and to move out of your comfort zone in this course. Therefore, it is imperative that this environment feels supportive and encouraging - especially for those of us who are shy and might have some stage fright. Consequently, building a strong, fun and creative classroom community is essential to achieving this.
Here are some of the core questions we will be asking of the plays throughout the term:
In any given term, we cover a minimum of four Shakespeare plays. These plays will cover the different genres in the Shakespearean canon (romantic comedy, tragedy, history, and late romances). Also, since this class is performance based, we will go see an actual production of at least one of his plays. For example, in the spring of 2016, we read The Tempest and also saw a British production of it at St. Ann’s Warehouse. So, expect at least one theater trip a term. A lot of the play chosen in any given term, depends on what is being performed on Broadway during that particular semester. Here is a sample of the plays we have covered in the past.