Shakespeare I
    12-164-02 MWF 2pm

Taught by Brother Anthony (An Sonjae) in English.

We will study three or four plays by Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew (compared with Much Ado About Nothing), Richard II, and Macbeth. Classes will include lectures, listening to audio-cassettes, watching videos, and reading the plays in small groups. The main text-books will be the Arden editions of the various plays.

The two main themes of study will be: (1) The way the 'romantic' relationships between men and women are represented in the comedies. (2) The way power is embodied in the main figures of the tragedies.

Students should read the introduction to Shakespeare and his theatrical world in Brother Anthony's new book Literature in English Society: The Renaissance. In the Arden editions, students must read the introductory sections about "sources" and "the play".

Class Schedule

Week 1 (No class Monday) Introduction to Shakespeare
Week 2 Much Ado About Nothing (video & text)
Week 3 Much Ado About Nothing (video & text)
Week 4 The Taming of the Shrew Act I (text) (No class Fri?)
Week 5 The Taming of the Shrew (video & text)
Week 6 The Taming of the Shrew (No class Mon)
Week 7 The Taming of the Shrew
Week 8 Mid-term Exams
Week 9 Richard II
Week 10 Richard II
Week 11 Richard II
Week 12 Macbeth
Week 13 Macbeth
Week 14 Macbeth
Week 15 Macbeth (Thurs) Final Exams

Additional Reading Materials

Brother Anthony. Literature in English Society: Part 2, The Renaissance. Seoul: Sogang University Press, 1998.
Stanley Wells, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies. Cambridge UP, 1986.


Grading will be based on a written exam given at the end of each play and on two papers:
At Mid-term students will write a paper comparing Much Ado About Nothing with The Taming of the Shrew.
For the Final report, students will write a paper about the treatment of ambition, power, and kingship in Richard II and Macbeth.