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English 117B: SHAKESPEARE (THE LATER PLAYS)

English 117B        SHAKESPEARE (the later plays)           Fall 2013
Mr. Nelson                                            2060 Valley LSB
TTh 12:30-2:00

                       Reading Schedule (Subject to change)

Week 1
Th Aug 29 Introduction: Life, Works, Contexts

Week 2
Tu Sep 3 Hamlet (1600)            (All dates per Bevington)
Th     5

Week 3
Tu    10 
Th    12 Twelfth Night (1600-1602)

Week 4
Tu    17                                         Mini-exam 1
Th    19 

Week 5
Tu    24 All's Well that Ends Well (c. 1601-5)   Mini-exam 2
Th    26                            First paper due

Week 6
Tu Oct 1 Othello (c. 1603-4)                     Mini-exam 3
Th     3

Week 7
Tu     8 Measure for Measure (1603-4)            Mini-exam 4
Th    10

Week 8
Tu    15 King Lear (c. 1605-6)
Th    17

Week 9
Tu    22 Macbeth (c. 1606-7)
Th    24 

Week 10
Tu    29 Antony and Cleopatra (1606-7)
Th    31 

Week 11
Tu Nov 5 Coriolanus (c. 1608)
Th     7                            Second paper due

Week 12
Tu    12 Cymbeline (c. 1608-10)
Th    14

Week 13
Tu    19 The Winter's Tale (c. 1609-11)
Th    21

Week 14
Tu     26 Sonnets (1609) (3, 20, 29, 54, 99, 114, 126, 129, 130, 138, 144, 147)
Th     28 Thanksgiving Vacation

Week 15
Tu Dec  3 The Tempest (c. 1611)
Th      5

Tu     10  REVIEW WEEK
Th     12  REVIEW WEEK

Final Examination: Friday, 20 December, 8-11 a.m.

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Second paper, due Thursday, 7 November.

Pick two closely (or symbiotically) related characters from any play on our reading-list except Hamlet. Do the following:

Explain the role or essential quality of each of the two characters.

For each character, identify a range of possible options in how that character may be interpreted: more or less good or evil; perceptive or imperceptive; intelligent or unintelligent; masculine or feminine; aggressive or passive; aware or unaware; etc. etc.

Explain how you would "adjust" or "interpret" each character in such a way as to bring the two characters into an ideal dramatic relationship to one another.

Master the following terms; consult images on EEBO to verify meanings:
Folio (two meanings)
Quarto
Stationers Register
STC
EEBO
pagination
foliation
signature (two meanings)
sheet, leaf, page
recto and verso
catchword
bibliographical alphabet (23 letters)

First paper, due Thursday, 26 September.
Choose a passage in Hamlet, approximately 14-20 lines in length, in the edition you are using for this course. Locate the same passage in Q1, Q2, and F1. Compare the four passages. First, compare spelling, word-choice, punctuation, and lineation. Second, try to identify any differences in apparent meaning. Third, analyze the passage (briefly) as it relates to its surrounding text, or to the play as a whole. Fourth, express an opinion as to whether you agree or disagree with the way the modern editor has handled your chosen passage.

Refer to the Class homepage for instructions on writing papers for this class.

Staple photocopies or print-outs of all four passages to your paper. If you wish, you may mark up the passages by hand; but make certain the original images are not obscured.



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