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SYLLABUS FOR E316 SHAKESPEARE'S MAJOR PLAYS, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2014 (11/18/14)
COURSE INFORMATION. English 316, Course Code 15026, Section 1. Tu/Th 1:00-2:15 p.m., McCarthy Hall (MH) 049. Main Campus Website and Main Campus Map. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: Tu/Th 2:20-3:20 in University Hall (UH) 329. firstname.lastname@example.org. Catalog: "A study of Shakespeare's major plays. Units (3). Prereq: English 101 or equivalent.'' English 316 is a required course for the Bachelor of Arts degree (and for a minor) in English, and it serves as a prerequisite for English 416, an advanced seminar in Shakespeare. I will use +/- grading. The English Dept. may be reached at (657) 278-3163. Students who need special accommodations at the main campus should contact the Disability Support Services Office in UH 101 or call (657) 278-3117; for the Irvine Campus, see Student Affairs, IRVC-159 phone (657) 278-3112. One other required link: Emergency Preparedness Guidelines.
REQUIRED TEXTS AT MAIN CAMPUS TITAN BOOKSTORE
Greenblatt, Stephen et al., eds. The Norton Shakespeare. 2nd edition. Four-Volume Genre Paperback Set. Norton, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0-393-93152-5.
OPTIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DO WELL
VISIT INSTRUCTOR'S BLOG: LIMBSOFALARBUS.COM. My thoughts on the assigned readings and other Shakespeare plays.
LISTEN TO OUR CLASS SESSIONS IN MP3 AUDIO. Audio becomes available a day or two after each session.
INTERNET, BOOK AND FILM RECOMMENDATIONS. The CSUF Library stocks the BBC collection and additional productions; selected DVD's from my own collection will be on library reserve; also included is a list of recent and older studies on Shakespeare.
VIEW SHAKESPEARE RESOURCE CENTER'S GUIDE TO ELIZABETHAN GRAMMAR. This excellent offsite guide covers syntax (word order), key rhetorical devices such as antithesis, and usage shifts aside from offering a limited, searchable glossary.
VISIT ALEXANDER SCHMIDT'S ONLINE 1902 SHAKESPEARE LEXICON. See also C.T. ONIONS, A SHAKESPEARE GLOSSARY. Good supplements to the Norton notes.
COURSE RATIONALE AND PLAN
COURSE POLICIES. Please review the Course Policies Page early in the semester. Key points easily stated here: missing more than 20% of sessions may affect course grade; failing to stay reasonably engaged during sessions may also adversely affect course grade; academic dishonesty on any assignment (journals, presentations, paper, exam) may result in course failure. The four evaluative requirements outlined below must be substantially completed to earn at least a "C" in the course. Since most assignments will be due by email, it is students' responsibility to contact me promptly if they do not get an email verifying receipt: waiting weeks to inform me that no receipt arrived will result in the assignment being considered late.
MAJOR STUDY UNITS AND COURSE OBJECTIVES. This course will cover a selection of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, tragedies and romance plays. We will pay special attention to Shakespeare's linguistic and rhetorical excellence and to the structure of his plays, but due attention will also be given to cultural and historical background, biography, stage history, acting methods, and other topics as appropriate. For each play, parts of a film production will be shown to illustrate key scenes. Please view a good production of as many of the plays as you can; see FILM RECOMMENDATIONS.
CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES. Lecture, student presentations, discussion, and perhaps a limited number of in-class quizzes. I encourage questions and comments -- student participation improves any course, broadening its scope and introducing a variety of opinion that wouldn't be available otherwise. We may also do some small-group work. My tasks are to lecture concisely, to listen well, to ask good questions, and to help you find out more about our texts. Your tasks are to listen, respond, and develop your own ideas as a reader and critic of literary works.
HOW YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED
PRESENTATIONS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. At the beginning of the course, students will sign up for one or two 5-7 minute in-class presentations -- depending on class size -- on assigned plays of their choosing (if possible). Students will choose one question from among a range that I indicate on the questions page for the relevant play (as in "any question on Hamlet Act 4," etc.), and a few days after sign-up I will post a schedule on the Presentations page. Each session will feature one or more presentations. Required: Approximately one week in advance of your presentation, email me as full a draft as possible of what you intend to say in class. I will email you back with advice. If I suggest developing the remarks further, email me a revised version at least one day before your in-class presentation. I won't judge students on their rhetorical skills during the presentation, but rather on evidence of prior preparation and consultation as well as on the written draft. How to do well on this assignment: meet with me or email me as required, and send a final written version. Good critics challenge and pose questions, so craft your responses to invite discussion. Aim for spontaneity and a personal touch: use the question as a springboard rather than a prescription. Speak up, but don't rush. Don't bother with biography, and don't base what you say mainly on Internet note sites or similar material. If you use any sources, give due credit. (15-20% of course grade.)
JOURNALS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. Responses to a choice of questions from the study questions page for each play. Four separate journal sets due by email as specified below in the session schedule. Electronic format required. I will not mark journal sets down unless they are late (maximum grade = B), incomplete, or so brief and derivative as to suggest evasion of intellectual labor: they should consist of honest responses to the assigned readings, not "yes-or-no" style answers, quotation of the assigned texts without further comment, or pasted secondary material from Internet sources. Plagiarizing such sources may result in an "F" for the journal set or even, in egregious cases, for the course. How to do well on this assignment: read instructions; complete entries as you go through each text; send sets on time, making sure I verify receipt; respond with a thoughtful paragraph on each chosen question--use your own words and refer to the texts' specific language. (30% of course grade.)
TERM PAPER REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. By the beginning of Week 13 (Wednesday 11/19) a one-paragraph description addressing the general topic and specific argument of the projected paper will be due by email. (Full rough drafts are also encouraged.) Not providing this description on time may affect the final draft grade. Please read the term paper instructions carefully since they contain the general prompt, suggested topics, and advance draft comments. I reserve the right to require proof of the final paper's authenticity, such as notes or an early draft. Final draft (5-7 pages) due as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. There is no need to consider this a research paper, though you are free to make it one. CSUF academic integrity policies apply (see UPS 300.021). See CSUF Library. How to do well on this assignment: send required advance paragraph on time and incorporate advice I send; allow time for revision; proofread and follow MLA formatting and style guidelines; avoid exhaustive coverage and stale generalities: instead, develop a specific, arguable set of claims, demonstrating their strength by showing how they enhance our understanding of specific language, structures, and themes; document your online/print sources; read instructions and take advantage of Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive (see especially), Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30% of course grade.)
FINAL EXAM REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. The exam will consist of substantive id passages (33% of exam), mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to speaker/play y; 33% of exam), and key lecture points paired with substantive quotations from the assigned texts (33% of exam). There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections, but no laptops. Students may not share books or notes during the exam. Exam date: see below. How to do well on this assignment: read the online prep. sheet; take good notes and ask questions/make comments; above all, enjoy the works rather than thinking of them only as test material. If you take pleasure in the assigned texts' language, attend to the sophistication with which they have been structured, and reflect on the intellectual/moral/spiritual value you derive from them, you are likely to earn a good exam grade. (20% of course grade.)
EMAILING JOURNALS, TERM PAPER, PRESENTATION DRAFTS TO E316 at AJDRAKE.COM. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E316 Journal 1, Jane Smith" etc. You can paste journal sets into a regular email or send them as an attachment. (Journal "sets" include responses to questions about several authors or plays; do not send entries on each author in a given set separately -- responses on the relevant authors should be combined into one document.) Contact me if you don't receive an email confirmation within approximately three days â€“ if you wait weeks or months to do that, the assignment will be counted as late.
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR JOURNALS AND PRESENTATIONS
SESSION SCHEDULE: FOLLOWING WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED
Note: At relevant points in the course, please read the Norton General Introduction to Shakespeare (1-99) as well as the Introductions to Comedy (103-18), Tragedy (103-14), History (103-15), and Romance (103-17) in the respective volumes. Introductions to the specific plays are also assigned, though not included in the page numbers given below.
JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL MONDAY 09/29; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, through and including As You Like It. Respond with a full paragraph to 6 questions on each play spanning at least three acts. I will verify receipt by email within a few days.)
JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL FRIDAY 10/31; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Measure for Measure through and including Hamlet. Respond with a full paragraph to 6 questions on each play spanning at least three acts.)
Tu. 11/11. Veterans' Day Holiday, No Classes.
JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL TUESDAY 11/25; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes King Lear through and including The Winter's Tale. Respond with a full paragraph to 6 questions on each play spanning at least three acts.)
Tu. 11/25. Fall Recess. No Classes.
Th. 11/28. Fall Recess. No Classes.
JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY PAPER DUE DATE; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes The Tempest through and including Henry VIII. Respond with a full paragraph to 6 questions on each play spanning at least three acts.)
Final Exam Date Tuesday, December 16 from 12:00-1:50 p.m. Due by email by Monday, December 22: Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by Friday, January 2, 2015.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule. Please pay attention to your school email even after final exams! Otherwise, you may miss important notifications about course materials not received, etc.