for English 117B: Shakespeare. Instructor: Charles Altieri,
427 OH Mon 1-2: 3-5.
1: Jan 18: Introd. Begin reading Richard II. I ordered Signet editions but any edition you have will
2. Jan 23-27. Rich
II. You are expected to
read and re-read each play. If you can the rereading works best in conjunction with a video from
the MediaCenter in Moffit
Library. You want
to get used to thinking theatrically about where people will stand
on stage and how one can stage interactions that go beyond the
words. And to foster that kind of consciousness we
will begin acting scenes on Jan 27. WE need 3 actors to play 3:2. 121-210 and 4.1: 162-317. Then I hope we can reprise the play by asking
about the choices the actors made and did not make. The actors must memorize their roles and you
should get together to rehearse and work out stage movements.
3: Jan 30-_Feb 3: Midsummer Night's Dream. Acting
on Feb 3: MSND 3:2-122-342
(4 actors) 5:1 108-362 (6 actors).
First short paper due (papers are described below.)
4: Feb 6-10: As You Like It. Feb 10: 3 actors 3.5: 1-139. 4.1: 1-217 (4)
5: Feb 13-17 : Hamlet. Feb 17 3 actors 3:4: 1-217;
Feb 17: Second short paper due.
6: Feb 20-holiday Feb 22- Hamlet cont. and 7actors
5.2: 195-402. feb 24 gone
27-Mar 3: Othello. Mar
3: 4 actors, 3.3: 256-480. 4.1: 1-252 (6); 7 actors. 5. 2: 244-end.
8: Mar 6 MIDTERM. Mar 8. begin King Lear. Mar 10 I will be gone.
9: Mar 13-17 King Lear. Mar
17 4 actors 4:6: 1-207. 5:3:
10 Mar 20-mar 24: Notice
change mar 22 5 actors1:3: 79-155. all of 1.7.
11: April 3-7: All's Well That ends Well.
4 actors 4.3: 82-340, 5.3: 73-333 (7)
12: April 10-14: A Winter's Tale
13: April 17-21: Winters Tale(cont). Apr 19: 5 actors 1.2: 1-366, 3.2: 83-117 then
There will be three papers and a mid-term, as well
as one or two in-class writing assignments. You should also be warned that you will be asked
to perform speeches in class, so when you read think about how
you might act the materials. Making
yourself memorize fifty lines a week will deepen you pleasure
and give you something to keep you occupied while you wait on
lines during the rest of your Berkeley career.
1: This will be a maximum of three pages. I want you to pay close attention to one of four passages
in Richard II: 1:1: 165-74 (looking back at 152ff); 1:3: 154-67
(looking back at 44-47); 2:1: 79-84; or V:-41. Give a rough paraphrase of what is being said,
then try to say why it matters that what is said is being
said in this particular way. Why
are the metaphors used; why this syntax perhaps; why the echoes
that call up and modify earlier passages; and what do we
learn about the character or situation or theme from the way that
the speeches are rendered?
2: Here I want you to think
structurally? In no more
than three pages take any two characters or consecutive scenes
from one of the first three plays we do and ask what relation
of contrast or comparison or reinforcement you can develop by
considering them together. I
will be doing a lot of that in class, so you ought
try to develop relations that do not repeat lecture or discussion.
3: This will be somewhat
longer, about five pages, and can be on any aspect of any play
up to the date assigned to you. The crucial question is simply how can your thinking make
a difference in how we interpret some aspect of a play or how
we understand what issues are at stake. You might clarify the nature and role of some minor character,
or again show how scenes relate in complex ways, or address some
question left open in class or that you think was badly there. Or you might show how a certain speech becomes central
to the themes or character relations in a play. Or you could compare how specific scenes are
handled in different performances on tape, but if you do this
you must be careful to make the comparison develop some idea about
what matters in the text of the play. Different units of the class will have this paper due at
different times. If your last name ends with a letter from S-Z
is due on Fri April 7. Last
name from N-R due on March 17.Last name from F-M on April 14.And from A-E on April 21.
Acting: I want to give you the opportunity to have the
fun of being a ham, and incidentally learning a great deal about
Shakespeare, so I offer a deal. Those of you who are willing to act out a major scene in
section (with minor parts doubled) will be allowed to drop your
worst grade and replace it by a duplicate of your other grades
averaged. You will have
to memorize your speeches and get together to rehearse, then present
before the entire class. I
need to know who will do this by the end of week 2 of the semester. If you sign up by Monday you can choose your
General rules for this class:
1. Regular attendance is required, and there
will be quizzes to establish that.
my web site I will ask questions for each class. Questions will be prepared by the evening before class. Quizzes will be based on these questions.
will be 10 percent of the grade based on general in class performance.