English 366D: Summary

Shakespeare's Histories and Tragedies

Romeo and Juliet: Study Plan

Your Main Objectives

The Focus of the Written Materials

The Background

The Tutorial

Since the first tutorial is an introduction to the course, there will be just one tutorial to discuss this play. More detailed information about the questions for discussion at the tutorials will be circulated on the Bulletin Board and at each tutorial.

The Assignment

1 Henry IV: Study Plan

Your Main Objectives

The Focus of the Written Materials

The Background

The Tutorials

There will be two tutorials to discuss 1 Henry IV.
  1. Questions about the double plot and the role of women
  2. Questions about moral directions and open endings

The Assignment

Hamlet: Study Plan

Your Main Objectives

The Focus of the Written Materials

The Background

The Tutorials

There will be two tutorials to discuss Hamlet.
  1. More questions about character and characterization; questions about structure
  2. Questions about language in Hamlet; questions about universal meaning and the reinterpretation of the text

The Assignment

King Lear: Study Plan

Your Main Objectives

The Focus of the Written Materials

The Background

The Tutorials

There will be two tutorials to discuss King Lear.
  1. Questions about the text and the theory of revision
  2. Questions about the double plot/the role of the gods

The Assignment

Macbeth: Study Plan

Your Main Objectives

The Focus of the Written Materials

The Background

The Tutorial

  1. Questions about fate and choice
  2. Questions about Shakespearean tragedy
  3. Questions about the disruption of order in society and nature

The Assignment

Othello: Study Plan

Your Main Objectives

The Readings

  1. From Jan Kott, Shakespeare Our Contemporary: Othello in different periods
  2. From Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning: Iago and improvisation
  3. From Carol Thomas Neely: "Women and Men in Othello": the strengths and limitations of the women in the play

The Focus of the Commentary

The Tutorial

There will be two tutorials to discuss this play. More detailed information about the questions for discussion at the tutorials will be circulated on the Bulletin Board.
  1. Historicity and role-playing; Othello's blackness
  2. The women in the play; more about tragedy

Antony and Cleopatra: Study Plan

Your Main Objectives

The Readings

  1. L. T. Fitz, "Egyptian Queens and Male Reviewers: Sexist Attitudes in Antony and Cleopatra.
  2. Excerpts from Plutarch's "Life of Antony," as translated by Sir Thomas North (1576).

The Focus of the Commentary

The Tutorials

There will be two tutorials on this module. Additional questions will be posted on the Bulletin Board.
  1. Binaries in Antony and Cleopatra
  2. Tragedy and the theatre: genre and the metatheatrical in Antony and Cleopatra.

This page last updated on 28 December 2002.

Send queries to Michael Best, English Department, University of Victoria, Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada. mbest1@uvic.ca