L220: Introduction to Shakespeare ♥♥ Shakespeare in love ♥♥

Spring 2018 ♥ MW 3-4.15 ♥ LA 136

Our course is aimed at the novice, the student who has little or no experience with Shakespeare on the page, in the theater, or at the cinema.  We will engage in intensive study of six plays and the sonnets. Each concerns itself with the class theme, love. Some possibilities: The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, All's Well That Ends Well. We will certainly watch a film production of each dramatic text we study and seek to improve our analytical and argumentative writing skills in the process. 

Syllabus ♥♥

General Information and Course Book ♥♥

English L220: Introduction to Shakespeare

Spring 2018  MW 3-4.15  LA 136

Office:  LA 105  Hours: please contact me

email: stapletm@ipfw.edu   phone: 481.6841 (message)

webpage: www.elmlsteach.org


Text:

Greenblatt et al., eds., The Norton Shakespeare: Essential Plays. The Sonnets (vol. 3E)


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COURSE POLICIES

ATTENDANCE AND GOOD MANNERS

You are allowed five (5) absences for any reason you choose. Students who miss more than this will fail the course, without exception, regardless of circumstances. I do not distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences, nor am I responsible for material that you miss because you are absent. Students who miss the attendance call (the first five minutes of class) will be marked absent; students who get up and leave in the middle of class will be marked absent. Please take care of your rest room issues BEFORE class. If you must leave, give us the high sign. 

DUE DATES

Your take-home exams are due on the scheduled non-class dates by 9 a.m. via email. Late papers = 0. No exceptions. These will be short, 4-6 pp.  Your first exam may be revised after meeting with the instructor in the office and discussing your plans.

DON'T BE A PLAGIARIZING IDIOT

It should go without saying that students are also expected to do their own work; indebtedness to secondary materials (either printed or electronic) must be clearly indicated so as to avoid plagiarism: 

—(piecemeal) using someone else’s words and phrases as if they were your own, not pararphrasing or summarizing properly, even with proper documentation;
—(grotesque) using someone else’s ideas as if they were your own, without proper documentation;
—(more grotesque) allowing someone else to write your paper for you.     


 PLEASE DO NOT BE A PLAGIARIST! THIS IS UNNECESSARY, AS WELL AS UNETHICAL   

GRADING

The course grade will be determined by a rough averaging together of your essay on an assigned topic, take-home midterm, and take-home final exam, and the less formal writing I will assign individually for presentational purposes. I reserve the right to take into additional factors into account; improvement, class participation, and, of course, attendance. Grades are not negotiable, personal, or subject to the influence of extracurricular academic factors. 

COMMUNICATION

You may email me at any time. I will usually get back to you quickly: stapletm@ipfw.edu


NOTE WELL: 
I always acknowledge an email submission with a reply confirming receipt. If you DON'T hear from me after a reasonable period of time, it means I didn't get the paper. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up in this case, not mine.  

PRESENTATIONS

To get you involved and your voices heard, we'll try and run things like a seminar for part of every class period. At first, I'll be assigning our short presentation topics ahead of time, or you can volunteer. (They will sharpen your mind, help engage you, and certainly help your grade.)  Usual topics: critical essay about Shakespeare by a professional; notable person or event of the era, passage from the night's reading. Before you come to class, you'll write up a brief version of your presentation (one paragraph), including a picture that will help us visualze. And you'll email it to me. I will then post it on my teaching blog, which will be accessible for all to see while you're talking.  

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SECOND EXAM (DUE 30 APRIL)

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