ENG208 201904 Undergraduate

Summer 2020
ENG 208
Applies To: 
Shakespeare (Cancelled)

Rachel Eccleston

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  • Title: Career Instructor
  • Phone: 541-346-1532
  • Office: 301A Tykeson Hall
  • Office Hours: Summer 6/21-8/14: WED 12-3pm (PST) via Zoom; sign-up via Canvas Calendar or email to schedule a different time to meet
Department Section Description: 

Shakespeare's Later Plays

In this course we will read and discuss three of Shakespeare’s later plays; "Macbeth," "The Tempest," and "The Winter’s Tale." Each of these plays mesmerizes the audience with spellbinding language to conjure witchcraft, magic, and miracle on stage. Using the supernatural as our thematic focus, we’ll analyze “magical” speech acts and their powers to effect change in the natural world, as well as in hearts and minds. We’ll pay close attention to how gender, race, and class impact the illocutionary force of curses, prophecies, confessions, advice, and many other ways of sooth-saying, or “speaking truly.”


Assignments will include weekly discussions and two short essays (midterm and final).


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.