English 24

Freshman Seminar: Shakespeare's Sonnets

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2015 Nelson, Alan H.
M 12-1 205 Wheeler

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Shakespeare, William: Shakespeare's Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint, ed. Stanley Wells


Shakespeare's sonnets were first published in 1609. Although little is known about how they were first received by the reading public, they have caused puzzlement and delight since their second edition, published in 1640. Over the course of the semester we will read all 154 sonnets, at the rate of approximately ten per week. All students will be expected to participate actively in seminar discussions. Each student will present one informal and one formal oral seminar report.

This 1-unit course may not be counted as one of the twelve courses required to complete the English major.

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