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Course: Summer Shakespeare I

V Summer Shakespeare I • Offering for 2018 • Grade 7 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 13, 2018 to August 15, 2018
Wednesday 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Year Only
Tuition: $200.00

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

A lively march through nine Shakespeare plays, one per week. The goal here is to familiarize students with the breadth of the Bard's work, and provide basic tools for understanding and enjoyment.

A student taking the full range of literature courses through Scholars Online (five years) will have the opportunity of covering nine plays there; this will double the exposure to eighteen. The coverage here is of course not especially deep, but we do get into lively discussions of the texts, their characters, their themes, and their language that can lead to further study and reflection. We accordingly introduce a range of plays from all three sorts — comedy, tragedy, and history.

* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
The student is expected to come to class having read the week's assigned play. Viewing of live plays and videotapes or DVDs is also encouraged in addition to reading the play, but is not required.
* Prerequisites
The student should have some previous experience with literary study, though there are no specific expectations.
* Recommended background
Some experience with reading older works, and especially Shakespeare's language, is highly recommended; seeing some plays would also be useful. Students’ reading levels vary greatly by age, so parents are encouraged to use their judgment.
* Instructor's Notes
Please secure the editions specified here. Other versions of the plays can create confusion (since there is some textual variation) and unannotated editions are very difficult for younger students to master.
V Textbooks and Materials
* A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743477545
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* As You Like It
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 074348486X
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743482743
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* King Lear
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 074348276X
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* Richard II
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743484916
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743477111
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743477561
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* The Taming of the Shrew
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 074347757X
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743482778
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* All of Shakespeare
Maurice Charney
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN: 0231068638
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: NOT required. A convenient middle-weight overview of the whole Shakespeare corpus by a scholar and theorist of theater. Not as penetrating as Garber or Bloom, but somewhat more accessible.
* Essential Shakespeare Handbook
Leslie Dunton-Downer, Alan Riding, Karen Wilks (Designer), Elizabeth Wyse (Editor)
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN: 0789493330
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: NOT required. This book provides a systematic overview of the whole corpus of Shakespeare plays in an accessible and colorful form, with notes on famous performances, themes, settings, and other such details. It is very useful for a student first getting to know Shakespeare, and equally useful for an advanced student wanting to have the ability to see the corpus in outline.
* Shakespeare After All
Marjorie Garber
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN: 0385722141
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: NOT required. A useful book covering all of Shakespeare's plays critically and thoughtfully, aware of contemporary scholarly trends but not overly encumbered by them.
* Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
Harold Bloom
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN: 157322751X
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: NOT Required. A celebrated and widely cited book, filled with Bloom's own highly personal approach to the various plays in the Shakespeare corpus. Appropriate for the more advanced general reader or the serious scholar; certain to be intimidating for the novice.
* Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
Stephen Greenblatt
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN: 0393050572
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: NOT required. This is a fascinating recent biographical discussion of how Shakespeare's life may have shaped his work. All Shakespeare biography is chancy, and theories about Shakespearean authorship tend largely to divert us from the more serious issues of understanding his plays, but this study has some material relevance to the material at hand. Suitable for more mature readers; probably not appropriate for younger readers.


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