ENG207 202103 Undergraduate

Spring 2022
ENG 207
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Course Description: 

The major plays in chronological order with emphasis on the early and middle plays through "Hamlet."


Brent Dawson

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In this course, students will read four innovative works from the first half of Shakespeare’s career: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, the Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet. Together, we will gain an appreciation for the plays’ mixture of entertainment and philosophical reflection, the strange beauty of their language, their morally ambiguous heroes and villains, and the historical contexts in which they were written. Along the way, we will take in Shakespeare through different media, including written performance, theatrical performance, film adaptation, painting, and comics. Topics considered will include: gender and desire, political authority and ambition, social and personal identity, and the enthralling yet occasionally dangerous powers of language.


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.