Shakespeare_Spring 2014

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SHAKESPEARE (live, online classroom)

Enrollment Key: Sorry, the course is now filled.

Start Date: Feb 3, 2014
Meeting Time: Mondays, 7pm Central

"Representation of human beings, the role of memory in cognition,the range of metaphor in suggesting new possibilities for language.These are Shakespeare's particular excellences, and no one has matched him as a psychologist, thinker, or rhetorician." --Harold Bloom, The Western Canon

Hailed as a genius who wrote 37 plays, penned 154 sonnets, and invented
over 1700 of the words we use today, William Shakespeare is acknowledged as
one of the greatest writers in all of history. He is renowned for the
beautiful language and complex wordplay in his writing, the vast amount of
thematic material that he covers, and most of all for his vibrant
characters who often seem more human than we are. Shakespeare has the
unique ability to capture the essence of the human, and as the respected
literary critic Harold Boom has said, "the true use of Shakespeare. . .is
to augment one's own growing inner self". In this course, we will be
sampling from Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, romances and histories, as
well as some of his sonnets (see complete reading list below). Live classes
will meet once a week online (Monday nights at 7pm CST) and will be
conducted in a seminar format in order to provoke deep thinking and
multiple points of view. The intensive discussion in this course will
require students think critically and support their opinion about texts,
and short essays every two weeks will give them the opportunity to refine
their analytical writing skills. At the end of the course, students will
write a final thesis paper regarding the texts we've read to showcase their
original thinking and writing ability.

Prerequisites: This course is recommended for older high school students,
as it requires a lot of upper level thinking and already developed writing
skills. Students should be able to write a critical analysis about a
canonical text that is not plot summary or an overview of literary devices,
and already be familiar with literary devices (simile, synecdoche,
figurative language, etc). Prospective students are advised to send in a
sample of their writing from a previous English course in order to
determine whether or not this will be an appropriate fit. Since we
anticipate a waiting list for this course, we ask that younger students
audit the course instead of enrolling.

Reading List:

(Recommended text: The Complete Works of Shakespeare, 6th Edition, David

King Lear


The Tempest

Twelfth Night

Richard III


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