English N117S

Shakespeare


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Summer 2011 Schweik, Susan
Schweik, Susan
MTuTh 2-4 180 TAN

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Shakespeare:  The Norton Shakespeare, Greenblatt et al., eds.

Description

This course has a general purpose, to provide an intensive introduction to
Shakespeare by focusing closely on selected plays. It also has a specific
mode of operation: we’ll consider important aspects of Shakespeare studies
(new stagings, poetics, sources and revisions, narrative, problems of
editing, various critical and theoretical approaches) by exploring
Shakespeare in and through the digital age. What resources does the web
offer for approaching Shakespeare? How might these resources transform the
“Shakespeare class”? How do we adjudicate among them, pick our way through
their infinite variety? We’ll begin (with the help of William Powers’
recent essay on “Hamlet’s Blackberry” and the virtues of digital
disconnectness) with those old technologies, the book and notebook, and
move from there to reviewing (and perhaps producing) online performances,
lectures, webpages, wikis and other Shakespearian resources, academic and
popular. Students in small groups will play important parts in leading and
shaping our class time together. Other course requirements: frequent short
writing, spot quizzes and a final exam, and a final project.

Note that this course satisfies the Shakespeare requirement for the English major.

This course is taught in Session D, from July 5 to August 12.

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