English 416 Shakespeare: Tragedy and its Comic Roots

Dr. Michael Bryson
Sierra Tower 832
818-677-5695
michael.bryson@csun.edu

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore four of Shakespeare's tragedies, along with two comedies for a look at the comic structures that sometimes appear in the tragedies.

EVALUATION METHOD: Midterm essay, final essay.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Midterm: in the range of 2000 words, 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 (though you can use them), but will require you to read the plays closely, and cite evidence from the plays (using MLA citation) to back up your arguments. The midterm will be due at the beginning of class on Thursday, 6/21.

Final: Midterm: also in the range of 2000 words, 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 (though you can use them), but will require you to read the plays closely, and cite evidence from the plays (using MLA citation) to back up your arguments. The final essay will be due by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, 7/10. Finals must be submitted via email to the address listed above.

READING LIST:
Complete Pelican Shakespeare
Love and its Critics (Chapter 8—available free online)

Statement on Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism is a serious offense that will be treated seriously. Please read the CSUN policy here.


Weekly Preview

T 5/29—Introductions, Sonnets 1-20, 94, 116, 130, 138
TH 5/31—Two Gentlemen of Verona
T 6/5—A Midsummer Night's Dream
TH 6/7—Off
T 6/12—Romeo and Juliet
TH 6/14—Romeo and Juliet
T 6/19—Othello
TH 6/21—Othello
T 6/26—Hamlet
TH 6/28—Hamlet
T 7/3—King Lear
TH 7/5—King Lear

Final due 11:59 PM on Tuesday, 7/10