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English 366C: Readings

Readings for individual plays will be found on the initial pages for each play: some of these readings are in the Library, others are links to web sites, or shorter passages from longer works.

1. The Taming of the Shrew

  1. Selected passages from The Taming of a Shrew
  2. “Feminist Modes of Shakespeare Criticism: Compentatory, Justificatory, Transformational.”. Carol Thomas Neeley. On reserve in the MacPherson Library.
  3. Two short passages:

2. A Midsummer Night's Dream

  1. Familiarity with medieval concepts of hierarchy, order in society, and marriage, using the web pages linked from this page.
  2. Familiarity with Shakespeare's stage and staging practices, using the web pages linked from this page.
  3. Familiarity with early forms of drama, using the web pages linked from this page.

3. Much Ado About Nothing

  1. An excerpt from Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning: from More to Shakespeare (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1980).

4. The Merchant of Venice

  1. Article: Patrick Grant, "The Bible and The Merchant of Venice"
  2. Excerpts from Marlowe's Jew of Malta
  3. The Merchant: Historicism

5. The Tempest

  1. Ballads and madrigals
  2. Caliban and the tradition of the wild man
  3. The magical island compared with voyages of discovery
  4. Montaigne "On Cannibals"
  5. The solemnization of matrimony

6. Measure for Measure

  1. Adaptation as criticism: A Law for Lovers
  2. Thematic criticism and Measure for Measure
  3. Shakespeare's source: Whetstone's Promos and Cassandra

7. The Winter's Tale

  1. A contemporary account: Simon Forman sees The Winter's Tale
  2. The statue scene: the Renaissance artist Giulio Romano
  3. Paulina's marriage: a comment by Michael D. Friedman
  4. Another romance: Pericles
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