Fall Semester 2003

TTh 2pm  (Brother Anthony)

In this course we will be studying  A Midsummer Night's Dream; Twelfth Night; Richard II; Macbeth. We will study the texts in detail and watch videos of each play.

Text Books

Students will need to buy copies of all four plays in the Arden edition. An introduction to the life and theatre of Shakespeare can be found in my book Literature in English Society, Volume II, The Renaissance (Sogang University Press). The introductions of the Arden editions will provide useful information and there are many books about Shakespeare in the library.

Detailed Course Description

September 2 Week 1
Introduction to Shakespeare

September 9 Week 2 (No class Thursday, Chusok)
A Midsummer Night's Dream  The text of the play for downloading and printing.

September 16 Week 3
A Midsummer Night's Dream

September 23 Week 4
A Midsummer Night's Dream

September 30 Week 5
Twelfth Night

October 7 Week 6
Twelfth Night

October 14 Week 7
Twelfth Night

October 21Week 8
Mid-term Exams

October 28 Week 9
Richard II

November 4 Week 10
Richard II

November 11 Week 11
Richard II

Novermber 18 Week 12

November 25 Week 13

December 2 Week 14

December 9 Week 15
Final exams start on Thursday


Students will write a Midterm Essay (due on the Monday after the Mid-term Exam) in which you discuss the attitudes toward love found in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night including discussion of the way the works were interprested in the video/film productions.

The Final Essay  (due on the Monday after the Final Exam) will be on  the different portrayals of kingship and tragedy in the second two plays.


Grading will be based on the 2 reports and the result of the Mid-term and Final Exams (Max 50 points each). The exams will test students' knowledge of the action of the plays, and will include tests of precise memorization of the most celebrated passages in the  plays. Exams and reports are of equal weight.