Fall 2011


Listed in: English, as ENGL-338

Formerly listed as: ENGL-35  |  ENGL-36


Peter Berek (Section 01)


[before 1800]  Readings in the comedies, histories, and tragedies, with attention to their poetic language, dramatic structure, and power in performance.  Texts and topics will vary by instructor.

Limited to 50 students.  Fall semester:  Professor Emeritus Berek (Mount Holyoke College).  Spring semester:  Professor Bosman.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to majors, interested upperclassmen, and to students who are considering a major in English.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021

ENGL 338, Shakespeare, Fall 2011

Submitted by Peter Berek on Tuesday, 9/20/2011, at 9:41 PM
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Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30-12:50, Merrill 220.

Office Hours: 15 Johnson Chapel, Thursday 2-4 and by appointment.

Phone: Home, (413) 253-9166. Johnson Chapel office, (413) 542-5408

E-mail (pberek@mtholyoke.edu).

Assistant: Elizabeth Ballinger-Dix '13.  E-mail (eballingerdix13@amherst.edu).

Text (available at Amherst Books): The Norton Shakespeare, ed. Stephen Greenblatt et. al., 2nd edition.

Films: Film performances of Shakespeare plays are an important part of this course. All students are responsible for seeing each of the assigned films and should be prepared to discuss them in class. Films will be available on-line; there will also be occasional optional opportunties to view films on a large screen. You should view films and videos by the day indicated on the syllabus.

Each student will be part of a small group responsible for selecting and preparing a brief scene or sequence to perform in class. (You are not expected to memorize the speeches you perform.) Students will explain to the class the interpretive choices they made in performing the sequence. Groups will prepare their presentations with the help of the Assistant for the course, Elizabeth Ballinger-Dix '13. After class the instructor will offer comments and grade the group's presentation.

Writing: There will be one or more brief writing exercise early in the semester, two 4-5 page papers and a final exam. While most of the final exam will consist of essays, one section will ask students to identify passages from plays we have read or episodes from films we have seen.