English 24

Freshman Seminar: Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets: Voice, Argument ,Character, and Plot

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
5 Fall 2020 Altman, Joel B.
W 10-11


Shakespeares' sonnets are arguments—addressed to himself, a male friend, and a mysteriously alluring woman—and most of them concern love. We're going to read them all in the course of the semester, and at each meeting read several aloud, then talk about those we find especially interesting. We'll get to know the characters, the plot, and the poet's style and way of thinking—and learn to speak his words "trippingly on the tongue," as Hamet tells the players. Class participation, based on the week's reading assignment, two short papers, and regular attendance will be required.

Required reading: Shakespeare's Sonnets, edited by Katherine Duncan Jones (The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series)

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

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