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Course: Summer Shakespeare III

V Summer Shakespeare III • Offering for 2017 • Grade 10 or above • [Summer course] • Literature Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Bruce McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Bruce McMenomy
Classes meet from June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Wednesday 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Summer Term
Tuition: $200.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Summer Shakespeare III website.
* Description

Summer Shakespeare III covers the nine plays that haven’t been taken up anywhere else in the Scholars Online literature curriculum, and it’s a mixed bag. Some of the plays are among the weaker works of Shakespeare; a couple are of dubious authenticity (such as King John and Henry VIII); a few are among the greats, but some (e.g., Othello) contain rather strong adult themes, and should be approached with some caution.

Because time is at a premium during the summer, and we would like to accomplish as much as we possibly can, I’d like to hit the ground running with a play discussion the first week. Therefore, do not delay to enroll, and get the books as soon as possible. Specifics will be put onto a website and startup details e-mailed to enrolled students in the first week of June.


* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Like the rest of the Summer Shakespeare courses, this will mostly expect the student to come to class having read and thought about the play, and ready to discuss it.
* Prerequisites
No previous particular coursework is required, but some significant exposure to Shakespeare is strongly advised.
* Recommended background
Some previous familiarity with Shakespeare is probably essential — this is definitely not the place to start reading Shakespeare.
* Instructor's Notes

I will strictly observe the tenth-grade cutoff for this class, but beyond that I leave determining the suitability of these works up to the student’s parents. Some of these plays deal with adult themes, and while I certainly don’t have any intention of pursuing offensive material for its own sake, I don’t want to get too wrapped up in dealing with them either.

Certainly even the strongest passages of Shakespeare are rather tame compared to what comes out of Hollywood these days, but different parents and students have different standards and tolerances, and I want to respect those. If you would like to have your student take the course but skip one or two sessions, that’s okay with me: the course is ungraded, there is nothing to pass or fail, and a student can miss a session without prejudice to any other. Please be forewarned and informed in your choices; if I can answer questions, please ask me.


V Textbooks and Materials
* Cymbeline
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 067172259X
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please be sure to get this edition.
* Henry VIII
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743273303
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please be sure to get this edition
* King John
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743484983
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please be sure to get this edition.
* Othello
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743477553
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please be sure to get this edition.
* Pericles, Prince of Tyre
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 074327329X
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition.
* Timon of Athens
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0671479555
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please be sure to get this edition.
* Titus Andronicus
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0671722921
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please be sure to get this edition.
* Troilus and Cressida
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743273311
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please be sure to get this edition.
* Two Gentlemen of Verona
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0671722956
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please be sure to get this edition


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