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PRESENTATIONS FOR E316 SHAKESPEARE TR, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2011 (12/18/11)

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PRESENTATIONS REQUIREMENT

Most sessions will feature one or more student presentations that will give you a chance to hear different perspectives on the course readings, and I will also post the written versions students send me to a special blog so those interested can review them. Your presentations will also help me determine the direction my own comments, encouraging me to respond to your ideas rather than lecture continuously. See the syllabus for the presentation requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.

1. On the first day of class, look over the authors or texts on our syllabus and then, next to your name on the roll sheet I will pass around, suggest several authors or texts that you might like to present on. I'll try to give you the choices you have made, to the extent that the schedule permits. Depending on class size, each student will give two or three presentations. Be aware that if you choose only very popular authors or texts (Jane Austen, Hamlet, etc.), I may need to schedule you for something different.

2. Within a few days, check the schedule on this page to see when and on which authors and questions you are slated to present. I will complete the schedule by choosing specific question/s to be addressed from among the full sets. You can access all author questions using the links below or by visiting the E316 TR QUESTIONS PAGE. (They are also available from the syllabus and journals pages.)

3. As early as you can before the in-class presentation, email me a written draft of the remarks you plan to make about the author/question you've been assigned. This draft should be proofread and spell-checked; it should also be substantive and refer to the actual language of the text being discussed, with page numbers, act/scene/line, or verse lines provided as appropriate. Include a copy of the question above your response. For any subsequent presentations, email me a draft at least five days in advance and I will soon email you comments either suggesting how the presentation might be improved or affirming that what you've written sounds fine. If, however, my return comments on the draft you sent me (whether intended as rough or final) suggested revisions, email me a final version at least one day before you present in class, again making sure to include a copy of the question at the beginning of your draft.

Insightful responses are better than "answers". I encourage you in advance to develop your remarks so that they go beyond the question at its simplest. The office hour (or email consultation for second and subsequent presentations, if any) and "advance final draft" requirement is 30% of your grade for the presentation.

4. On the scheduled day and when we reach the appropriate point in our discussion, I will ask you to come to the front of the class and give the most up-to-date version of your presentation. Your presentation should take about five minutes. Some students prefer to read their comments lecture-style, while others prefer to depart from the full written version and speak from a separate outline. If you read from prepared remarks, how long should they be? I'll use my own pace as an example: I speak at an average rate of 130 words per minute when I read conference papers. So a 5-minute presentation would run 650 words. Tips: Read the question first, address the entire class, and remind us of page numbers when you quote. Speak firmly and slowly enough so that everyone can follow. It's best to avoid bringing technology such as Powerpoint into play given the presentations' brevity. But I am open to creative ideas. I will not grade your in-class performance closely -- it's easy to do well if you prepare in advance and make a good effort, and your colleagues will be supportive. Completing the in-class component is 70% of the grade for each presentation.

5. Please check the schedule below on this page to verify the current status of your in-class presentation and blog entry. Within a few days after you've completed both, next to your name should appear the notation (Presentation completed). If you see other notations as indicated below in "How I Evaluate Presentations," please contact me by email.

HOW I EVALUATE PRESENTATIONS

I will judge presentations on the following grounds: did the student 1) meet with me or email me a timely advance final draft so that I can offer advice and determine the course of my own comments? and 2) seem to have put genuine effort into preparing rather than treating the presentation as a barren "answer" to a question set in stone? Students who do those two things will receive an "A" for the presentations requirement. I am not going to grade presentations so much on in-class factors as on how well students prepare and (again, if necessary) follow up. I will indicate whether students have completed the requirements: (Presentation completed), (Presented in Class but no written version), (Missed Presentation), (Rescheduled Presentation).

MISSED PRESENTATIONS / RESCHEDULING PRESENTATIONS

If you find that you will be unable to make it to class for one of your scheduled presentations, please let me know in advance if possible. (I'll make my cell phone number available when the semester begins, though I won't post it on the Internet.) So long as you have provided me with a timely advance draft of your remarks (I usually print them out and bring them to class), I will read the presentation for you and give you partial credit for the "in-class" portion of the presentation grade. If you haven't provided me with a final advance draft, I will not read it in class. In such cases, rescheduling on a new author or text may be possible at my discretion and if the schedule allows.

SESSION SCHEDULE: FOLLOWING WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED

WEEK 1

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 and are included in the page numbers given below.

Tu. 08/23. Course Introduction.

Th. 08/25. Course Introduction.

WEEK 2

Tu. 08/30. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595-96; Acts 1-3, Comedies 367-408).

Th. 09/01. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595-96; Acts 4-5, Comedies 408-424).

Midsummer Night's Dream. Any Question/s on Act 4. Janet Vatananugulkit. (Presentation Completed.)

Midsummer Night's Dream. Any Question/s on Act 4. Amber Meeks. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 3

Tu. 09/06. The Merchant of Venice (1596-97; Acts 1-3, Comedies 425-73).

The Merchant of Venice. Any Question/s on Act 1. Jennifer Lee. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 09/08. The Merchant of Venice (1596-97; Acts 4-5, Comedies 473-89).

The Merchant of Venice. Any Question/s on Act 4. Casey Warren. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 4

Tu. 09/13. Twelfth Night (1601-02; Acts 1-3, Comedies 689-736).

Twelfth Night. Any Question/s on Act 1. Cynthia Cuevas. (Presentation Completed.)

Twelfth Night. Any Question/s on Act 3. Renee Cornair. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 09/15. Twelfth Night (1601-02; Acts 4-5, Comedies 736-750).

Twelfth Night. Any Question/s on Act 4. Quynh Nguyen. (Presentation Completed.)

Twelfth Night. Any Question/s on Act 5. Kelly McDaniel. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 09/18; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Twelfth Night. 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.)

WEEK 5

Tu. 09/20. All's Well That Ends Well (1602-03; Acts 1-3, Comedies 911-57).

All's Well That Ends Well. Any Question/s on Act 1. Chelsea Mundy. (Presentation Completed.)

All's Well That Ends Well. Any Question/s on Act 2. Kristin Walker. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 09/22. All's Well That Ends Well (1602-03; Acts 4-5, Comedies 957-79).

All's Well That Ends Well. Any Question/s on Act 4. Stephanie Panozzo. (Presentation Completed.)

All's Well That Ends Well. Any Question/s on Act 5. Mollie Simmons. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 6

Tu. 09/27. Titus Andronicus (1593-94; Acts 1-3, Tragedies 115-55).

Titus Andronicus. Any Question/s on Act 1. Ulysses Vega. (Presentation Completed.)

Titus Andronicus. Any Question/s on Act 2. Madison Kelly. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 09/29. Titus Andronicus (1593-94; Acts 4-5, Tragedies 155-79).

Titus Andronicus. Any Question/s on Act 4. Danny Colin. (Presentation Completed.)

Titus Andronicus. Any Question/s on Act 5. Kathleen Dubell. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 7

Tu. 10/04. Julius Caesar. (1599; Acts 1-3, Tragedies 257-302).

Julius Caesar. Any Question/s on Act 1. Alexandra Calvillo. (Presentation Completed.)

Julius Caesar. Any Question/s on Act 3. Matthew Pilkington. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/06. Julius Caesar. (1599; Acts 4-5, Tragedies 302-321).

Julius Caesar. Any Question/s on Act 4. Heidi Moreno. (Presentation Completed.)

Julius Caesar. Any Question/s on Act 5. Aaron Paley. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 8

Tu. 10/11. Antony and Cleopatra (1606-07; Acts 1-3, Tragedies 879-940).

Antony and Cleopatra. Any Question/s on Act 2. Caleb Strano. (Rescheduled.)

Th. 10/13. Antony and Cleopatra (1606-07; Acts 4-5, Tragedies 940-967).

Antony and Cleopatra. Any Question/s on Act 4. Victoria Salgado. (Presentation Completed.)

Antony and Cleopatra. Any Question/s on Act 5. Christian Nall. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 10/16; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes All's Well That Ends Well, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra. Respond with a full paragraph to 6 questions on each play spanning at least three acts.)

WEEK 9

Tu. 10/18. Macbeth (1606; Acts 1-3, Tragedies 815-57).

Macbeth. Any Question/s on Act 1. Nicholas Morris. (Presentation Completed.)

Macbeth. Any Question/s on Act 3. Anayeli Garfias. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/20. Macbeth (1606; Acts 4-5, Tragedies 857-78).

Macbeth. Any Question/s on Act 4. Alex Hamo. (Presentation Completed.)

Macbeth. Any Question/s on Act 5. Laura Gomez. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 10

Tu. 10/25. Hamlet (1600-01; Acts 1-2, Tragedies 323-72).

Hamlet. Any Question/s on Act 1. Jessica Vera. (Presentation Completed.)

Hamlet. Any Question/s on Act 2. Amanda Truong. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/27. Hamlet (1600-01; Acts 3-4, Tragedies 372-408).

Hamlet. Any Question/s on Act 4. OPEN. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 11

Tu. 11/01. Hamlet (1600-01; Act 5, Tragedies 408-424)

Hamlet. Any Question/s on Act 5. Brandon Pfaff. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 11/03. King Lear (1605; Act 1, Tragedies Intro 571-81, conflated text 739-59).

King Lear. Any Question/s on Act 1. Shannon Olivas. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 12

Tu. 11/08. King Lear (1605; Acts 2-3, conflated text 759-87).

King Lear. Any Question/s on Act 3. Bonnie Perez. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 11/10. King Lear (1605; Acts 4-5, Tragedies conflated text 787-813).

King Lear. Any Question/s on Act 4. Michael Linder. (Presentation Completed.)

King Lear. Any Question/s on Act 5. Natalia Roberts. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 11/13; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Macbeth, Hamlet and King Lear. Respond with a full paragraph to 6 questions on each play spanning at least three acts.)

WEEK 13

Tu. 11/15. The Winter's Tale (1610-11; Acts 1-3, Romances and Poems 191-235).

The Winter's Tale. Any Question/s on Act 1. Salliana Mayer. (Presentation Completed.)

The Winter's Tale. Any Question/s on Act 3. Lauren Dubell. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 11/17. The Winter's Tale (1610-11; Acts 4-5, Romances and Poems 235-271).

The Winter's Tale. Any Question/s on Act 4. Christina Chavez. (Presentation Completed.)

The Winter's Tale. Any Question/s on Act 5. Paul Grichine. (Presentation Completed.)

PARAGRAPH DESCRIBING GENERAL TOPIC AND SPECIFIC ARGUMENT FOR TERM PAPER DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 11/20; SEE INSTRUCTIONS.

WEEK 14

Tu. 11/22. Fall Recess. No Classes.

Th. 11/24. Fall Recess. No Classes.

WEEK 15

Tu. 11/29. The Tempest (1611; Acts 1-3, Romances and Poems 365-410).

The Tempest. Any Question/s on Act 1. Victoria Noravong. (Presentation Partially Completed.)

The Tempest. Any Question/s on Act 3. Betty Yoon. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 12/01. The Tempest (1611; Acts 4-5, Romances and Poems 410-425).

The Tempest. Any Question/s on Act 4. Amanda Fisk. (Presentation Completed.)

The Tempest. Any Question/s on Act 5. Mark Leavy. (No Presentation.)

WEEK 16

Tu. 12/06. All Is True, or, Henry VIII (1612; Acts 1-3, Histories 847-906).

All Is True, or, Henry VIII. Any Question/s on Act 1. Samantha Magdaleno. (Presentation Completed.)

All Is True, or, Henry VIII. Any Question/s on Act 2. Ivette Vega. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 12/08. All Is True, or, Henry VIII (1612; Acts 4-5, Histories 906-929).

All Is True, or, Henry VIII. Question TBD. Caleb Strano. (Presentation Partially Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY EMAIL EXAM DAY; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest, and All Is True, or, Henry VIII. Respond with a full paragraph to 6 questions on each play spanning at least three acts.)

FINALS WEEK

Final Exam Date Thursday, December 15, 2:30-4:20. Due by email by Monday, December 19: Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by January 3, 2012.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.


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