Shakespeare, Poems, and Earlier Plays

Course Number: ENGL 105A
Prerequisites: Writing 2 or upper-division standing
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 105A
Quarter: Winter 2016
Day(s): MW
Time: 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Location: GIRV 1119

We will study the early works of William Shakespeare, including sonnets and four plays: Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, Much Ado about Nothing, and Hamlet. Along the way, we’ll get a taste of the many genres in which Shakespeare worked, discussing his development of characters, his use of sources, and his attentiveness to both the natural world and the supernatural realm. We will also be talking about the early modern context of Shakespeare’s work, especially in terms of printing practices and the London stage.