|Instructor Info:||L. Brown Kennedy|
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|TA Info:||Sarah Brewer|
This advanced seminar will meet for three hours weekly to read, in conjunction with selected theoretical and historical material, the texts of eleven plays by Shakespeare. The final selection of plays will be made by the seminar but will include plays from all genres (history, comedy, tragedy, romance.) Questions to be explored include: issues of language, self and identity; the question of rule and authority; the representation of gender in the drama and the social ideology of the period; the staging of power and social position; the relation of actor and audience. Students will be expected: to give opening presentations for specific seminar sessions; to write frequent, brief position papers; and to submit a final portfolio of developed critical writing, including a longer comparative, research- based paper.
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Expectations and Evaluation Criteria:
Required work for this seminar falls into three sections:
A team of two students will be responsible for starting each week’s discussion based on their selection of one or two of these posts, along with their joint preparation of other discussion questions for the first section (about 45 minutes) of each seminar. For this reason it is crucial that your posts be timely and crucial that you plan ahead to work with your partner when it is your turn to initiate and facilitate.
In addition to your careful work on the text of the play, expect to spend about 2 hours weekly on secondary reading (criticism, theory, history) in preparation for the second half of the seminar.
opportunity to develop one of your posts in the light of our discussions and your critical/ theoretical reading. The final paper (due May 6) may grow out of your seminar facilitation or scene study, if you wish, but must be structured around a careful discussion of one other play in conjunction with The Tempest and involve substantial (documented) collateral reading and research. While both of these papers will center on your close reading of the language of the texts, ideally they should be allocated so that they take varied approaches to the material, addressing not only interpretive problems based in language, imagery or prosody, but also in staging or another element of “material theater,” The longer paper should also reflect your theoretical and historical reading for the class. Proposals for the longer paper are due April 1 (look ahead) and will be revised following a conference.
A portfolio containing all work for the term, including returned versions of all responses, together with a self evaluation and self- addressed, stamped envelope, is due May 6.
The basic text for this course is a complete Shakespeare in a standard Modern edition. Amherst Books has the Norton in stock (if you don’t see it under this course number, ask for it. It is in use for other colleges as well). The Riverside and the Pelican are also good, readily available editions. Each has advantages, but you will need to consult the Norton for Lear. You may prefer to buy individual texts for ease of transportation—that’s fine as long as you choose standard editions with act/ scene/ line numbers (the paperback Pelicans are well edited and easy to find.)
There will also be readings in criticism, history and theory on reserve and on the class website.
Arthur Kinney’s, Shakespeare by Stages, is at Amherst Books as a recommended text. You will need to buy it or work with it on reserve.
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