||Weekly Class Schedule
||Tue 9.00 - 10.50; Thur 10.00 - 10.50
||It is a prerequisite to
||Office Hours Schedule
||Mon 9.00 - 12.00; Wed 9.00 - 12.00
||Office / Room No
||This course introduces students to William Shakespeare as a poet and as a playwright. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the historical context and characteristics of the drama in Shakespeare's times and to identify the reasons for Shakespeare's global popularity in the 21st century. This course will narrow its scope on reading selective material from the vast Shakespeare's output and on seeing a performance of a play either recorded, or a live one. The aim of the course is also to identify the ways in which reading and analyzing plays and theatrical performances can contribute to the students’ perception of social, gender, economic or political problems and their understanding how these issues are presented in the text and performed to the audiences.
||- The Course Reader prepared by V. Suljic
- An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing – Tenth Edition – by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioa (Part 3 – Drama), Pearson, 2007
||After successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Define different elements of a play or a poem.
- Show understanding of historical context and characteristics of the drama/theatrical production.
- Use appropriate terminology and concepts to discuss the plot, characterization, themes and linguistic devices in selected plays as an individual or as part of a team.
- Write an essay - analysis and interpretation of a particular dramatic element using appropriate terminology.
- Employ acquired knowledge and skills to analyse and interpret the play as both a literary text and theatrical production and communicate what has been learned.
||The course is student-centered and student-production-oriented. The course outline gives space and opportunities to students with different skills and learning styles to study and express their views through writing, speaking, acting or other forms of communication. The professor will be initiating subjects through short lectures, deliver certain topics, guide class activities, monitor continuous progress of the students, determine texts and plays to be studied, and distribute topics for debate/discussion/presentations. Some general introductory information about the development of drama and theatrical production as well as basic information about the conventions of the play is included in the Course Reader; other handouts/articles/video or audio material will be provided when necessary.
||Introduction: the Course outline; Shakespeare's biography; Shakespeare the poet
||Course Reader pp.5-17
||Reading a poem; practice; Figures of speech; Imagery; Shakespeare and the historical context of his work and plays; Characteristics of Elizabethan and Jacobean plays
||Course Reader pp 21-35; The sonnet XXIII; RSC video
||Shakespeare and literary criticism; Shakespeare's language; rhetorical devices; Quiz #1
||Course Reader pp. 36-65
||The Merchant of Venice: watching the play (recorded); characterization
||Aberystwyth Wales Theatre Production May 2017
||The Merchant of Venice: the structure (plot/sub-plots); the settings; themes (prejudice and social injustice; gender roles; money and usury; anti-semitism
||the play; The Course Reader pp. 66-68
||The Merchant of Venice: style: rhetorical devices; themes (mercy; love)
||Scene analysis (Shylock's speech; Portia's speech)
||Julius Caesar: sources, historical references; Shakespeare and politics; structure of the play; plot summary, settings
||Julius Caesar: characterization; themes (power; loyalty)
||Scene analysis (Act I,2; Act II,1; Act II,2; Act III,1)
||Julius Caesar: the power of rhetoric
||The Course Reader pp.69-74; Scene analysis (Act III,2 Brutus' speech; Antony's speech)
||The Tempest: theatrical production; structure, setting, the plot summary; characterization
||The play; The Course Reader pp. 75-84
||The Tempest: themes (magic; power and control; trust and betrayal; recenge; savage vs. civilized; pure love; theatre and actors); linguistic devices; imagery
||The play; The Course Reader pp. 85-88; Scene analysis (Act I,1)
||The Tempest:comic sub-lots; comic characters;
||The Course Reader pp 88-91; Scene Analysis (Act II,2)
||Revision; Acting a scene; watching a play
||to be decided
||Revision; Progress review. Preparation for final exams