RICHARD L. W. CLARKE


 

 

 

LITS2207 INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE

2017-2018

MODULE ONE: HISTORIES AND COMEDIES
 

WEEK ONE: HISTORIES I: HENRY IV, PART I
(Week of January 22)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Introduction to the History plays
  • The Shakespeare Folger Library edition may be found here: Henry IV, Part I.
Notes:
TUTORIAL:
  • No tutorial this week.
 
SEMINAR 2:
  • Act I
Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

Online:

Print:

  • Socio-Historical Context:
  • The Renaissance World-View:
    • Figgis, John Neville.  The Divine Right of Kings. London: CUP, 1934.
    • Kantorowicz, Ernst H.  The King’s Two Bodies: A Study in Medieval Political Theology.  New Jersey: Princeton UP, 1957.
    • Tillyard, E. M.  The Elizabethan World Picture.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1943.
  • The 'Ricardian' Tetralogy (Richard II, Henry IV, Part I; Henry IV, Part II; Henry V):
    • Moseley, C. W. R. D.  Shakespeare's History Plays: Richard II to Henry V, the Making of a King. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1988.
    • Ribner, Irving.  The English History Play in the Age of Shakespeare. London: Routledge, 1965.

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 

WEEK TWO: HISTORIES II: HENRY IV, PART I
(Week of January 29)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Act II
Notes:
TUTORIAL:
  • Close Reading of Act II, Sc. IV
 
SEMINAR 2:
  • Act III
Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

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PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
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WEEK THREE: HISTORIES III: HENRY IV, PART I
(Week of February 05)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Act IV
Notes:
TUTORIAL:
  • Act V
 
SEMINAR 2:
  • Act V Continued
  • General Review
Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 

WEEK FOUR: COMEDIES I: MEASURE FOR MEASURE
(Week of February 12)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Introduction to the Comedies
  • The Shakespeare Folger Library edition may be found here: Measure for Measure
  • Act I
Notes:
TUTORIAL:
 
SEMINAR 2:
  • Act II
Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

Online:
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Print:

  • Barber, C. L.  Shakespeare's Festive Comedy: a Study of Dramatic Form and Its Relation to Social Custom.  Princeton: Princeton UP, 1959.
  • Frye, Northrop.  A Natural Perspective: the Development of Shakespearean Comedy and Romance. New York: Columbia UP, 1965.

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 

WEEK FIVE: COMEDIES II: MEASURE FOR MEASURE
(Week of February 19)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Act III
Notes:
TUTORIAL:
 
SEMINAR 2:
  • Act IV
Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

  •  

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
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WEEK SIX: COMEDIES III: MEASURE FOR MEASURE
(Week of February 26)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Act V
Notes:
TUTORIAL:
 
SEMINAR 2:
  • Review
Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

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PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
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You should be working from this point onwards on your Term Paper.

END OF MODULE ONE
 

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