SYLLABUS FOR E432 SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGEDIES AND ROMANCES, CHAPMAN U SPRING 2007

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Note: all links have been removed from this archival copy, but the author questions (bundled according to subject/period) and study guides referenced below can be found in relevant sections of the Resource Gallery. Instructions pages for journals, presentations, etc. were similar to those available in my current courses. MP3 audio of class sessions for selected courses is still available in the Audio Archive. My blog entries for most courses are available from the Blogs Index.


Course Information. English 432. Th. 7:00-9:50 p.m. Beckman 204. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: Th. 6-7 p.m. in Cyber Cafe. e432_at_ajdrake.com. Catalog: "Prerequisite, Eng 104 or equivalent. Students study Shakespeare's plays from mid-career to his most mature plays, exploring his tragedies and romances with some attention to the sonnets and comedies. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits."

Required Texts and Optional Resources

Evans, G. Blakemore et al., eds. The Riverside Shakespeare. 2nd edition. Houghton Mifflin, 1997. ISBN: 0-395-75490-9.

McDonald, Russ. The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents. 2nd edition. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001. ISBN: 0-312-24880-6.

Optional Materials: Instructor & Student Blogs | Class Sessions in MP3 Audio | Guides | Offsite Links.


Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.

Presentations Requirement. Students will sign up for two 5-minute in-class presentations on plays of their choosing (if possible). I will provide presenters with specific questions from the online journal questions and will post a schedule on the Presentations Page. Each session will feature one or more presentations. Required: At least one week before you present, contact me to discuss your ideas. After you have given your in-class presentation, email me a version of your comments and I'll post it as a new entry to the appropriate collective students' blog. Other students may, if they wish, access the entries as they're added by visiting the appropriately named link on the Course Blogs Index Page. Your emailed version should resemble your class comments, but need not be identical. (Please don't use "fancy" formatting -- avoid indentation and bulleted lists.) 20% of course grade.

Journals Requirement. Responses to a choice of questions on each author. Due by email anytime on class day Weeks 5, 11, and Final Exam Day. Electronic format required. 30%.

Term Papers Requirement. Two papers (5-7 pg / 10-15 grad) required. By March 15th (Week 7) and May 3rd (Week 14), respectively, a one-paragraph description addressing the topic and argument of each projected paper will be due by email. Not providing this description on time may affect the final draft grade. Full rough drafts are also encouraged. Please read the term paper instructions carefully since they contain the prompt 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 drafts due March 29th (Week 9) and by exam day, respectively. Follow MLA guidelines. Graduate papers should respond to primary texts and secondary criticism; for undergraduates research is purely optional. Send papers by email attachment; if you do not receive confirmation within three days, email me. IF YOU DON'T RECEIVE CONFIRMATION, I DID NOT RECEIVE YOUR WORK! See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (20% + 30%)

Turning in Journals/Paper/Presentations. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments to e432_at_ajdrake.com. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E432 Journal Set 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; 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.

Questions: Richard III | The Merchant of Venice | Hamlet | Troilus and Cressida | Othello | King Lear | Macbeth | Antony & Cleopatra | Cymbeline | The Winter's Tale | The Tempest.


SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED

WEEK 01

Th. 02/01. Course Introduction.

WEEK 02

Th. 02/08. Richard III.

WEEK 03

Th. 02/15. The Merchant of Venice.

WEEK 04

Th. 02/22. Hamlet. (Film)

WEEK 05

Th. 03/01. Hamlet. (Text) Journal Set 1 Due

WEEK 06

Th. 03/08. Troilus and Cressida.

WEEK 07

Th. 03/15. Othello. One-paragraph description addressing paper topic and argument due by email.

WEEK 08

Th. 03/22. King Lear. (Film)

WEEK 09

Th. 03/29. King Lear. Text. Term Paper 1 Due.

WEEK 10

Th. 04/05. Spring Break -- No classes.

WEEK 11

Th. 04/12. Macbeth. Journal Set 2 Due.

WEEK 12

Th. 04/19. Antony and Cleopatra.

WEEK 13

Th. 04/26. Cymbeline.

WEEK 14

Th. 05/03. The Winter's Tale. One-paragraph description addressing paper topic and argument due by email.

WEEK 15

Th. 05/10. The Tempest.

FINAL EXAM

End Materials Due Date: Sunday, May 20. Due: Journal Set 3 and Term Paper 2. I must turn in grades by 4:00 pm Wednesday, May 23. For your other courses, check the Spring 2007 Chapman Final Exam Schedule.