ENGL 323 A: Shakespeare to 1603

Meeting Time: 
MW 9:30am - 11:20am
SMI 405
William Streitberger

Syllabus Description:

Autumn 2019 --  English 323 A,  
Shakespeare before 1603,
Instructor: W.R. Streitberger
Meeting Time:  MW 9:30am - 11:20am 
Location:  SMI 405       

The Course:  This is a junior-senior level course in which we will learn a fair amount about Shakespeare’s life, times, theater and about the criticism of his plays. These poems and plays provide exciting reading challenges. They are brilliant, beautiful, moving, meaningful, and profoundly unsettling. The complicate everything and simplify nothing.  Because they have inspired literary artists from Emily Dickinson to Proust,  playwrights from Webster to Brecht and Beckett; and  influential philosophers like Hegel, Marx, Freud, and Lacan, they have become woven into the fabric of our culture. We will focus on the artistry in Shakespeare’s texts—the use of language and poetry, the ideas of dramatic construction, the understanding of genre--to gain insight into how his plays deviate from conventional practices, how they attempt to shape his own culture's social and political experience into art, how they make meaning, and how they  produce emotional experience.

I have ordered The Norton Shakespeare, 3rd ed. The Essential Plays/ Poems. If you own another respectable edition you may use it.  

Catalog Description: 
Explores Shakespeare's early drama and poetry. May include the sonnets, narrative poems, and selected comedies, histories, or tragedies.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 11:00pm