Penn Arts & Sciences Logo

Introduction to Shakespeare

ENGL 326.301
instructor(s):
MW 1:45-3:15pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 3: Early Literature to 1660 of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major
Sector III: Arts & Letters of the College's General Education Curriculum

BFS English 326 Introduction to Shakespeare MW 1:45-3:15pm

Although Shakespeares plays are usually studied as high canonical literature, they were originally written as playscripts designed for the entertainment of a disorderly, heterogeneous crowd and the financial profit of the players.  This course will attempt to resituate the plays in their original theatrical setting.  We will study a representative selection of Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, and histories (to be chosen by the class at the first meeting) along with background material on Shakespeare's theater and his culture. 

There will be one or two hour-exams, one or two short papers, and a final exam.  In addition, students are expected to meet each week in study groups outside of class and to make thoughtful, well-informed contributions to the class listserv and discussions.