|Semester||Spring Semester, 2021|
|Department||MA Program of English, First Year Ph.D. Program in English Literature, First Year MA Program of English, Second Year Ph.D. Program in English Literature, Second Year|
|Course Name||Shakespeare and Shakespeare Criticism|
Six to ten hours per week will probably be sufficient for most students.
Week 1: Introduction to course. Shakespeare's career and biography. Reading: Meres, Jonson, Dryden, Johnson, Miola
Week 2: Introduction to Shakespeare criticism. Reading: Midsummer Night's Dream
Week 3: Midsummer Night's Dream. Reading: Stern, Hawkes, Nuttall (1)
Week 4: Criticism on Midsummer Night's Dream. Reading: Twelfth Night.
Week 5: Twelfth Night. Reading: Hazlitt, Howard, Vickers (1)
Week 6: Criticism on Twelfth Night. Reading: Romeo and Juliet
Week 7: Romeo and Juliet. Reading: Nuttall (2), Parker
Week 8: Criticism on Romeo and Juliet. Reading: Othello
Week 9: Othello. Reading: Knight, Bradley, Cavell
Week 10: Criticism on Othello. Reading: Hamlet
Week 11: Hamlet. Reading: Eliot, Knights, Jones
Week 12: Criticism on Hamlet. Reading: Henry IV, Part One
Week 13: Henry IV, Part One. Reading: Tillyard, Greenblatt (1), Vickers (2)
Week 14: Criticism on Henry IV, Part One. Reading: Henry V
Week 15: Henry V. Reading: Tillyard, The Winter's Tale
Week 16: The Winter's Tale. Reading: Van Doren, Felperin
Week 17: Criticism on The Winter's Tale. Reading: The Tempest, Greenblatt (2)
Week 18: The Tempest.
Short written responses to each week's reading, and one term paper (7-10 pages) will be assigned. Quizzes about specific readings may also be given, depending on student performance.
|Textbook & Reference|
Arden, Oxford, or New Cambridge editions of sonnets and individual plays, or
Arden, Norton, or RSC Complete Works
critical articles and book chapters:
Meres, Jonson, Dryden, Johnson, Miola: Meres, Francis. Palladis Tamia (selections); Jonson, Ben. Timber, of Discoveries (selections); Dryden, John. Essay of Dramatic Poesy. (Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. 1.) Johnson, Samuel. Preface to Shakespeare. (Norton)
Stern, Hawkes, Nuttall (1) Stern, Tiffany. Making Shakespeare: From Page to Stage. Routledge, 2004. 1-33, 137-161; Hawkes, Terence. `Or' in Meaning by Shakespeare. 11-41; Nuttall, A.D. Shakespeare the Thinker. 119-132
Hazlitt, Howard, Vickers (1): Howard, Jean E., ‘Crossdressing, The Theatre, and Gender Struggle in Early Modern England’, Shakespeare Quarterly 39 (1988) 418–40; Vickers, Brian, Appropriating Shakespeare: Contemporary Critical Quarrels (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1993)
Nuttall (2), Parker: Nuttall, 99-119. Parker, Barbara. A Precious Seeing: Love and Reason in Shakespeare's Plays. New York University Press, 1987.
Knight, Bradley, Cavell: Knight, G. Wilson. `The Othello Music' in The Wheel of Fire: Interpretations of Shakesperian Tragedy. Routledge, 1961. 97-119; Bradley, A.C. Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth. Macmillan, 1992; Cavell, Stanley, ‘Othello and the Stake of the Other’, in Disowning Knowledge in Six Plays of Shakespeare.
Eliot, Knights, Jones: Eliot, T.S. `Hamlet and His Problems' in The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism. Knights, L.C. `An Approach to Hamlet' in Some Shakespearean Themes and An Approach to Hamlet. Stanford University Press, 1959. 153-233
Tillyard, Greenblatt (1), Vickers (2): Tillyard, E.M. W. Shakespeare's History Plays. Penguin, 1969. 136-220; Greenblatt, Stephen ‘Invisible Bullets: Renaissance Authority and Its Subversion, Henry IV and Henry V ’, in Shakespearean Negotiations. University of California Press, 1988. 21–65, or in Political Shakespeare: New Essays in Cultural Materialism, ed. by Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield. Manchester University Press, 1985. 18-47; Vickers,
Van Doren, Felperin: Van Doren, Mark. Shakespeare. Doubleday, 1953. 271-280 ; Felperin, Howard, ‘ “Tongue-tied, our Queen?” The Deconstruction of Presence in The Winter’s Tale’ in The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory. Oxford University Press, 1990. 35–55
Greenblatt (2): Greenblatt, Stephen, ‘Learning to Curse: Aspects of Linguistic Colonialism in the Sixteenth Century’, in
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