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See also the list of readings and my grade scale for the course.

Schedule of classes and assignments

date play assignment
January 5 Introduction  
Focus 1: Feminist Approaches to Shakespeare
January 7-14 The Taming of the Shrew (3 lectures)  
January 14   Logging on to the Web Board (10% for participation)
January 19-26 A Midsummer Night's Dream (3 lectures)  
January 28-February 4 Much Ado About Nothing (3 lectures) Short assignment due on February 2nd (20%)
Focus 2: Outsiders and Problems of Historical Perspective
February 9-11 The Merchant of Venice (2 lectures)  
February 16-20Reading Break
February 23 The Merchant of Venice (1 lecture)  
February 25 - March 4 The Tempest (3 lectures)  
Focus 3: Genre in Shakespeare
March 6-16 Measure for Measure (3 lectures)  
March 18   Major assignment due (35%)
March 18-30 The Winter's Tale (4 lectures)  
April 1 Summary  
April 24, 7:00pm   Final exam (35%)


Any good modern edition with adequate annotations is acceptable. I have ordered The Necessary Shakespeare, edited by David Bevington, as it is less expensive (and less heavy) than a full Complete Works. You may, however use the Norton, Riverside, Signet, or Bevington Complete Works; or you may buy the plays in single volume editions.

I also strongly recommend the English Department's Writer's Guide for information about citation, bibliography and so on.

Office hours

Clearihue D233, Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30. Email, <mbest1@uvic.ca>. I will reply to emails as soon as I can on Mondays to Thursdays.

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