|Dr. L. Adam Mekler
English 418: Shakespeare
Office: Holmes Hall 228
Office Phone: (443) 885-4032
Secondary Class Homepage: http://l-adam-mekler.com/418links.htm
PURPOSE OF THE COURSE
The Renaissance, or Early Modern Period, was a time of enormous political, economic and social change. Ideas which lay at the heart of the Renaissance marked the true beginning of Modern philosophy. These tenets, based largely on the value of an individualís mind, body and soul, challenged religious and political authority. In this course, we will explore how the major literary artist of the time, William Shakespeare, addressed the many questions which arose in light of these new ways of thinking.
All papers will follow MLA format: Typed, double-spaced, use
parenthetical citations and, when necessary, a list of works
cited, including references made to the textbook. (Sample MLA
Papers can be found in Canvas) The main point of the
response papers is to allow you the opportunity to explore
specific aspects of texts that you find interesting in terms of
the major themes and issues we discuss. More specific guidelines
will be found in Canvas.
English 418 aims to teach students to:
Attendance. Students are expected to attend every class. If you are forced to miss class, written verification for the reason for your absence is expected. Because of the importance of regular attendance, excessive (more than three) unexcused class absences will result in the loss of points from the final average. Excessive lates will also lower your grade. The complete attendance policy can be found on the class homepage . Please come speak with me if you have any questions.
Reading Assignments, and Participation. Students are required to bring all necessary books with them to class. As all the books for the course are being provided for free, there is literally no excuse for not having the required texts with you every day. Please come speak with me if you have any questions.
All assigned readings must be completed before coming to class.
Please keep in mind that students are expected to read the
editorial introduction to each work. You are expected to arrive
prepared to provide thoughtful discussion of the daily readings,
including the editorial introductions, responding to questions
from the instructor or your classmates as they arise.
Classroom discussion will involve the open sharing of ideas and
interpretations of the literature. Because every person's
opinion is valid, we will demonstrate civility and respect for
each other, taking turns to provide our observations and not
interrupting each other. Only raised hands will be
Writing Assignments. There will be one (1) brief (800 word minimum) critical response paper, in addition to one (1) documented research paper (3000 word minimum), using a minimum of six documented secondary sources.
All papers will follow MLA format: Typed, double-spaced, use parenthetical citations and a list of works cited, including references made to the textbook. (Sample MLA Papers can be found in Canvas) The main point of the response paper is to allow you the opportunity to explore specific aspects of one of the plays we have discussed up until that point, focusing on the major themes and issues we will have discussed. The specific focus, though, is largely up to you.
Reading List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
||Greenblatt, Norton Introduction, 1-41
"The Playing Field"
||Greenblatt, Norton Introduction, 41-72
"Shakespeare's Life and Art"
"The Dream of the Master Text"
||Greenblatt, Norton Introduction, concl.|
||Sonnets: 1, 3, 18, 20
||I Henry IV, Acts 1-2
||I Henry IV, Acts 3-5|
||I Henry IV, concl.|
||Henry V, Acts 1-2
||Henry V, Acts 3-5
||Henry V, concl.
||Richard III, Acts 1-2
||Richard III, Acts 3-5
||Richard III, concl.
||Midsummer Night's Dream, Acts 1-2
||Midsummer Night's Dream, Acts 3-5|
||Midsummer Night's Dream, concl.
||The Merchant of Venice, Acts 1-2|
||The Merchant of Venice, Acts 3-5|
||** No Class, but complete assignment **
||The Merchant of Venice, concl.|
Critical Response Paper
||** SPRING **|
||** BREAK **|
||** BREAK **|
||Twelfth Night, Acts 1-2|
||Twelfth Night, Acts 3-5
||Twelfth Night, concl.
||Romeo and Juliet, Acts 1-2
||Romeo and Juliet, Acts 3-5|
||Romeo and Juliet, concl.|
||Hamlet, Acts 1-2|
||Hamlet, Acts 3-5|
||Macbeth, Acts 1-2|
||Macbeth, Acts 3-5|
||King Lear, Acts 1-2|
||King Lear, Acts 3-5|
||King Lear, concl.
||The Tempest, Acts 1-2|
||The Tempest, Acts 3-5|
||The Tempest, concl.|
||Sonnets: 73, 116, 130, 144
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences/Lates
Due on Canvas by
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