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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.
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)
signature (two meanings)
sheet, leaf, page
recto and verso
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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