ENG 201 : Shakespeare: Early Works
Explores the development of Shakespeare's art and contribution to literature, culture, and the English language, with a focus on the earlier histories, tragedies, comedies, and non-dramatic poetry. Introduces the study of Shakespeare's dramatic techniques, character development, historical and cultural setting, and language.
Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
- Identify and discuss qualities of Shakespeare’s earlier texts and the issues of interpretation and language confronted by readers, actors, and
- viewers when approaching his writing.
- Discuss the development of Shakespeare’s art and contribution to literature and culture.
- Read analytically to determine Shakespeare’s purpose, historical and cultural perspective, and use of rhetorical and dramatic strategies in creating
- a play/poem.
- Discuss how the philosophical and intellectual viewpoints of the English Renaissance shaped Shakespeare’s writing, and their application today.
- Engage in thoughtful discussion and self-reflection regarding the social and ethical questions the plays and poems raise regarding human experience.
- Write coherent and compelling essays that begin to explore the complex questions Shakespeare raises.
This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/ASOT-B, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAOT.