English 117A

: Shakespeare

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2007 Landreth, David
Landreth, David
TTh 12:30-2 390 Hearst Mining

Other Readings and Media

Marlowe, C.: The Jew of Malta; Shakespeare, W.: The Riverside Shakespeare


This class studies the first half of Shakespeare's career, including his best-known comedies and history plays as well as his non-dramatic poetry. (Later plays�the major tragedies, the tragicomic romances�will be covered in depth in 117B next semester, and in survey in 117S). We will meet as a lecture, although we will look for opportunities to converse ensemble and in smaller project-centered groups. Our focus will be on Shakespeare's stunningly rapid development of his drama as an art form through his continual experimentation with the forms of theatrical genre.

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