English 339-Introduction to Shakespeare
The Necessary Shakespeare, ed. David Bevington
There will be a midterm and a final and a short paper. Grades will be based on the two essay exams, the paper, the quizzes, class participation, and attendance.
Paper Assignment Bay Area and video productions:
A 3-4 page paper typed in double space in which you discuss a Shakespeare play presented in a live stage version or recent film version not viewed in class. Currently available on video are versions of RICHARD III, TITUS ANDRONICUS, TWELFTH NIGHT, LOVE’S LABOURS LOST, SCOTLAND, PA (MACBETH) and HAMLET among others. The library has an extensive collection of BBC Shakespeare videos as well. In addition the California Shakespeare Festival is staging THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR in June. See www.calshakes.org for details. Also Shakespeare at Stinson is staging RICHARD III in June as well. See www.shakespeareatstinson.org for details. There is a lot to choose from out there. The paper should compare Shakespeare’s text to the actual production and discuss how the director handled the text. What was the director’s interpretation? Were there cuts, line changes, scenes shifted, lines moved among characters, time and setting changes etc. to support the director’s intentions? The paper should consider whether the director generally supports or expands on Shakespeare’s intentions or undermines them in some way as far as you can tell. Late papers will be penalized one grade level.
Note: If you choose a different production of a
play viewed in class be sure to
Visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland for this season’s plays:
Other useful Web sites include:
If you have a disability that requires accommodation in this class, you must notify the instructor before the end of the first week of class regarding the nature of the accommodation you need. You must register with the Disability Student Services Center, which is located in Salazar Hall, 664.2677. The Center will then provide you written documentation of your verified disability and the recommended accommodation, which you must then present to the instructor.