ENL 3334: Introduction to Shakespeare
Spring 2012 Course Syllabus

Weekly Schedule of Readings and Exercises


Class Details

Meeting: Tuesdays & Thursdays Room: Williams 116
Time: 14.00-15.15
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Instructor: David L. Gants Office: Williams 316
Telephone: 617-379-0987 (Skype) E-mail: dgants(at)fsu.edu
Office Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 09.00-10.30 or by arrangement

Course Overview

Course Goals. We will approach the study of Shakespeare’s plays not from any one overarching perspective but rather from numerous (and sometimes contradictory) avenues: literary, theatrical, historical, linguistic, theoretical, and aesthetic. The overall aim of the course will be to acquire a broad familiarity with Shakespearean texts and contexts. Along the way we will engage in a number diverse activities: short lectures, in-class discussions, informal and formal writing, student presentations, casting exercises, and video viewings. Just how the balance of goals and activities will work out in the end depends on the unique interests, tastes, and talents of the class, but by April we should all have a deeper and more fulfilling understanding of the plays we read and discuss.

Course Requirements.

Primary Texts. This course has nine required texts:

Course Policies.