Fall Semester 2000 MWF 2pm
Taught by Brother Anthony (An Sonjae) in English.
We will study two plays by Shakespeare that been made into films several times: A Midsummer NightĄ¯s Dream and King Lear. We will study the text of the two plays, hearing audio cassettes, then watch videos. The main text books will be the Arden editions of the plays.
The main themes of study will be:
(1) The way Shakespeare writes
(2) The themes Shakespeare writes about
(3) The way people adapt Shakespeare for performance
Students should read the introduction to Shakespeare and his theatrical
world in Brother Anthony's book Literature in English Society: The Renaissance
(Sogang UP). In the Arden editions, students must read the introductory
sections about "sources" and "the play".
For mid-term report, students will write a paper on the main themes of A Midsummer NightĄ¯s Dream, comparing the text of the play with the various versions seen.
For the final report, students will write a paper about the main
themes of King Lear and the different ways it has been filmed.
Week 1 Introduction to Shakespeare
Week 2 video of MND
Week 3 Study of the text of MND (no class Monday & Wednesday)
Week 4 Study of the text of MND
Week 5 Study of the text of MND
Week 6 video
Week 7 video
Week 8 Midterm Exam
Week 9 video of King Lear
Week 10 Study of the text of King Lear
Week 11 Study of the text of King Lear
Week 12 Study of the text of King Lear
Week 13 video
Week 14 video
Week 15 video
Stanley Wells, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies.
Cambridge UP, 1986.
Grades will be based on mid-term and final exams, and on the two reports.
Each will be worth a maximum of 50 points.