Dr. Michael Bryson
ST 832 (Office Hours W 3:30-6:30)
course will explore ten of Shakespeare's
comedies, along with
for a look at how the comic structures can also drive tragic outcomes.
Midterm essay, final
in the range of 8 pages, this will be comprised of responses to essay
questions, and will require you to present an analysis of characters
from the blocks of plays we will have read to that point. These essays
will not require secondary sources, but will require you to read the
plays closely, and cite evidence from the plays (using
to back up your arguments. The midterm will be due 5 PM Friday, 3/19.
Final: In the range of 10-12 pages, this will be an essay tackling a question of your own choosing.
This essay will be a researched argument paper that makes use of secondary sources.
Print is an excellent thing, of course
books are still the coin of the realm in the highest reaches of humanities scholarship, but journal articles are often more immediate in terms of what is going on at the moment.
Excellent sources for journal articles include JSTOR, Project Muse, and Academic Search Elite. These databases must be accessed from the CSUN campus, or from off-campus with your CSUN email unsername and password.
Also have a look at the CSUN library's page outlining
electronic resources for English.
Quotations from the works you deal with—and quotations from secondary sources—should follow MLA format.
The final essay will be due by
5 PM on May 14th by email (no physical submissions of finals). In your email subject line, put English 417 final, and make sure your name is on your paper, especially if using a non-CSUN address.
Complete Pelican Shakespeare
Statement on Academic Dishonesty:
Plagiarism is a serious offense that will be treated seriously. Please read
the CSUN policy
ntroductions, selected sonnets
The Comedy of Errors
Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Taming of the Shrew
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
As You Like It
Caesar Chavez Day...no class until after Spring Break
The History of Troilus and Cressida
—Measure for Measure
—Romeo and Juliet
Final due 5 PM Friday, May 14 (via email attachment--no physical submissions)