Required texts: no common texts for purchase. Shakespeare's works are online at the Internet Shakespeare Editions (the best free source), and at the MIT Shakespeare. Library and cheap used or new paperback copies abound, though you must always check an edition for its source text and editorial principles.
Tues 19 Jan: Sonnet 125 "Were't ought to me I bore the canopy" (Morris). Introductions.
Thurs 21 Jan: Sonnet 12 "When I doe count the clock that tels the time" (Cardwell). What do we already know?
Tues 26 Jan: Sonnet 15 "When I consider euery thing that growes" (Hektner). English history session
Thurs 28 Jan: Sonnet 18 "Shall I compare thee to a Summers day?" (Tedone). Shakespeare Biography session
Tues 2 Feb: Sonnet 19 "Deuouring time blunt thou the Lyons pawes" (Catanzaro). Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre session
Thurs 4 Feb: Sonnet 20 "A womans face with natures owne hand painted" (Mulligan). Early modern printing and Shakespeare's texts session
Tues 9 Feb: Sonnet 22 "My glasse shall not perswade me I am ould" (Humphrey). Lecture: criticism and authorship
Thurs 11 Feb: Sonnet 23 "As an vnperfect actor on the stage" (Nessinger). Lecture: Shakespeare in art
Tues 16 Feb: Sonnet 29 "When in disgrace with Fortune and mens eyes" (Matthew). A Midsummer Night's Dream, Acts 1-3*
Thurs 18 Feb: Sonnet 30 "When to the Sessions of sweet silent thought" (Clayburn). A Midsummer Night's Dream, Acts 4-5*
Tues 23 Feb: Sonnet 33 "Fvll many a glorious morning haue I seene" (Kentish). The Comedy of Errors (Rubalcaba); Love's Labour's Lost (Samford)
Thurs 25 Feb: Sonnet 42 "That thou hast her it is not all my griefe" (Avdyli). As You Like It (Catanzaro); Twelfth Night (Riley); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Courtney)
Tues 1 March: The Taming of the Shrew (Tegze). Measure for Measure, Acts 1-3*
Thurs 3 March: Sonnet 60 "Like as the waues make towards the pibled shore" (Buchanan). Measure for Measure, Acts 4-5*
Tues 8 March: Sonnet 64 "When I haue seene by times fell hand defaced" (Hernandez). The Merchant of Venice (Nessinger); All's Well That Ends Well (Solomon); Much Ado about Nothing (Lee)
Thurs 10 March: Sonnet 65 "Since brasse,nor stone,nor earth, nor boundlesse sea" (Pincince). Pericles (Holt); Cymbeline (Hornyak); The Winter's Tale (Hayes)
NO CLASS MEETINGS 15/17 MARCH
Tues 22 March: Sonnet 71 "Noe Longer mourne for me when I am dead" (Samford). The Tempest, Acts 1-3*
Thurs 24 March: Sonnet 73 "That time of yeeare thou maist in me behold" (Fulkerson). The Tempest, Acts 4-5*
Tues 29 March: Sonnet 87 "Farewell thou art too deare for my possessing" (Smith). King John (Gaston); Richard II (Kentish); Henry IV, Part 1 (Whittlesey)
Thurs 31 March: Sonnet 98 "From you haue I beene absent in the spring" (Tegze). Henry IV, Part 2 (Spann); Henry VI, Part 1 (Hernandez); Henry VI, Part 2 (Matthew)
Tues 5 Apr: Sonnet 104 "To me faire friend you neuer can be old" (Holt). Henry V, Acts 1-3*
Thurs 7 Apr: Sonnet 106 "When in the Chronicle of wasted time" (Courtney). Henry V, Acts 4-5*
Tues 12 Apr: Sonnets 110 Alas 'tis true,I haue gone here and there" (Riley); 111 "O for my sake doe you wish fortune chide" (Rubalcaba); 116 "Let me not to the marriage of true mindes" (Solomon); and other sonnets or plays as needed, or to make up any ice day
Thurs 14 Apr: NO CLASS MEETING
Tues 19 Apr: Sonnet 126 "O thou my louely Boy who in thy power" (Hornyak). Henry VI, Part 3 (Pincince); Richard III (Clayburn); Henry VIII (Fulkerson)
Thurs 21 Apr: Sonnet 127 "In the ould age blacke was not counted faire" (Hayes). Titus Andronicus (Smith); Troilus & Cressida (Avdyli); Julius Caesar (Buchanan)
Tues 26 Apr: Sonnet 129 "Th'expence of Spirit in a waste of shame" (Lee). Antony & Cleopatra, Acts 1-3*
Thurs 28 Apr: Sonnet 130 "My Mistres eyes are nothing like the Sunne" (Whittlesey). Antony & Cleopatra, Acts 4-5*
Tues 3 May: Sonnet 138 "When my loue sweares that she is made of truth" (Spann). Coriolanus (Mulligan); Macbeth (Humphrey); King Lear (Tedone)
Thurs 5 May: Sonnet 144 "Two loues I haue of comfort and dispaire" (Gaston). Romeo & Juliet (Morris); Hamlet (Hektner); Othello (Cardwell)
Tues 10 May, 11am-130pm: final exam
Thurs 12 May by noon: term papers due (e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org is best)
syllabus: The effective version of the syllabus is always at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/4326sp16/4326mainsp16.html. If you are looking at a print or .pdf version, please make sure to consult the online version for updates.
grading: There will be 1,500 regular points with another 15 of extra credit possible.
Your final grade will be A if you earn 1,320 or more points; B if you earn 1,170-1,319; C if you earn 1,020-1,169; and F if you fail to earn 1,020.
Points are available as follows:
The final exam (Tues 10 May, 11am-130pm) will be a closed-book blue-book exercise with two parts: one half with a very "open" prompt, essentially asking you to shape your knowledge of Shakespeare into a brief prose essay, and the second half featuring a sonnet that we have not read together, asking you to explicate that sonnet and connect it to themes in Shakespeare's sonnet sequence as a whole.
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