|1. Description - |
|Detailed analysis of representative sonnets, and history, tragedy, comedy, and romance dramas through lecture and discussion. Consideration of the Elizabethan world.|
|Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement into ENGL 1A as determined by score on the English placement test or through an equivalent placement process.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- discuss the reasons for the enduring vitality of Shakespeare's canon and the universality of his poetic and dramatic themes.
- relate the basic concepts of the plays to the Elizabethan ethos which produced them and describe their relevance to the modern world.
- compare and contrast an Elizabethan playhouse and a modern theater.
- analyze characters in seven to ten plays by close reading of the texts.
- demonstrate a reasonable mastery of Shakespeare's complex use of language.
- recognize Shakespeare's use of poetry within the plays as well as in the more formal sonnets.
- examine the plays for their political, racial, social, gender, and intercultural implications.
- write an expository or argumentative paper expanding or evaluating the concepts presented in class.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
Marxist, psychoanalytic, and New Historicist.
- Discussion of the Elizabethan Age, including the universe as an ordered system, religion, kingship and nobility, education, science, family life.
- Discussion of the language of poetry, such as imagery, rhyme, rhythm, verse and sonnet form.
- Discussion of the structure and language of drama, such as act, scene, subplot, and soliloquy.
- Analysis of dramatic character.
- Close reading of sonnets.
- Close reading of seven to ten plays, including histories, comedies, tragedies, romances.
- Discussion of Shakespeare's growth as a playwright.
- Demonstration of Shakespeare's dramas as theatrical experiences, in addition to as literary structures.
- Discussion of various schools of literary criticism of Shakespeare, such as feminist,
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Reading quizzes.
- One or more midterms and a final exam.
- One long paper or two short papers, either expository or argumentative in nature.
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|A modern edition of Shakespeare's complete works, with sufficient explanatory notes, such as the following: |
Bevington, David, ed. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. 5th ed. Glenview, Illinois: Longman, 2004.
|8. Disciplines - |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
|Reading in and out of class Shakespeare's texts, lectures on those texts and their historical and social contexts, class discussion regarding those issues and texts, small group projects and presentations, analytical writing projects. |
|10. Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading from representative Shakespeare texts as assigned by instructor.
- Quizzes on reading comprehension of assigned literary texts.
- Individual and small group presentations on the literature and its historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts.
- Analytical and reader response journal assignments on readings.
- At least one formal literary analysis writing project demonstrating comprehension and critical thinking.
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is a required core course for the AA in English and satisfies the Foothill GE Requirement for Area I, Humanities. |