ENG207 201804 Undergraduate

Term: 
Summer 2019
Course: 
ENG 207
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Shakespeare (WEB)
Instructors: 

Kate Myers

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  • Title: Senior Instructor
  • Additional Title: Director of Writing Associates
  • Phone: 541-346-1533
  • Office: 301J Tykeson Hall
  • Office Hours: W21: M 11 am - 2 pm
Department Section Description: 

In this class, we will carefully read sonnets and plays in order to develop the skills of close reading and analysis in order to support various interpretations of Shakespeare’s texts. These and other activities will prepare you for the course’s written work, including close readings, group discussions, and critical essays. By committing to full engagement with the course assignments and materials, you will leave having read extensively and carefully from the works of one of the major writers of the western tradition, and you will have acquired interpretive, analytical, and communication skills that will aid you in future coursework in English and other disciplines. This course provides an introduction to the language, conventions, and implications of Shakespeare’s work. Because this course provides an introduction to the language, conventions, and implications of Shakespeare’s work, students need not have prior familiarity with Shakespeare or with early modern literature.

Madness, truth, honor, pity—these are a few of the concepts Shakespeare explores in his earliest plays. In this online course, we will scrutinize the representations of these ideas and others that emerge in plots of political intrigue, tyranny, rebellion, and vengeance. Working within this frame, we will attempt to understand how Shakespeare’s works confronted the political and social assumptions of his original audiences and how his writing continues to challenge similar concerns we face in our own culture. To this end, students will carefully read sonnets and plays, and develop interpretive arguments using the skills of close reading and analysis to produce critical essays of varying length, totaling 8-10 pages. Possible texts include selected sonnets, Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, Richard III, and Hamlet. This course offers students the opportunity to read extensively from the works of one of the major writers of the western tradition as well as the opportunity to acquire and practice interpretive, analytical, and communication skills that will aid them in their future coursework in English and other disciplines.

Fulfills: 

A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.  Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
 

Old Major: Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.

Old Major: Shakespeare

Shakespeare courses foster understanding of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies. Besides introducing students to central questions in the study of dramatic art and to broader issues pertaining the study of literature in English, they enhance students’ cultural literacy by deepening their comprehension of arguably the best known writings of an English author.

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Department Section Description: 

Many of Shakespeare's early plays are romantic comedies, a genre that was and remains easy to dismiss as simplistic and idealized. However, under the delightful surfaces of these plays lie meditations on gender, sexuality, class, race, and power that are just as complex as those we might find in more traditionally "literary" works. In this class, we will examine four of Shakespeare's early comedies - The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado about Nothing - to see how Shakespeare represents these political and social concerns that still affect us today, unsettling the happy endings typically found in the genre both then and now. We will also develop close reading and critical, argumentative writing skills through class conversations and analytical written assignments totaling roughly ten pages.

Fulfills: 

A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.  Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
 

Old Major: Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.

Old Major: Shakespeare

Shakespeare courses foster understanding of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies. Besides introducing students to central questions in the study of dramatic art and to broader issues pertaining the study of literature in English, they enhance students’ cultural literacy by deepening their comprehension of arguably the best known writings of an English author.