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Shakespeare and Film

In this course we will examine Shakespeare's plays that have been made into good films. This class will meet in the Miller Student Learning Center, room 213, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-10:45. Because it is a large class (seventy-five students), your professor, Fran Teague, will have the assistance of a second instructor, Seth Wilson (Dr. Teague's office is Park Hall 263, and she's in most afternoons; catch her after class or email her for an appointment; Mr. Wilson will also be available throughout the term.) The class will read seven plays that Shakespeare wrote and watch fourteen films based on those plays. We will have a fair number of writing assignments since this class is an upper-division English course at a research university. And we'll discuss lots of aesthetic and formal questions: How does one evaluate an artwork? Are the standards for plays the same as those for films? Can art be commodified? Is Shakespeare cultural capital for everyone?


The grade will be determined as follows: • 20% Midterm exam over three plays and six films (3-4 pp.) • 20% Final exam over four plays and eight films (3-4 pp.) • 10% Response papers on each of the seven plays (1.5 pts. each) (10-14 pp.) • 50% 15-20 pages of formal writing (see home page for more information). That means you'll be writing 30-40 pages, half of which will be formal prose.


The late policy is quite simple. You may choose one (and only one) of the major assignments (i.e., other than the response papers) and move the deadline by one week without penalty. If you want to take the final exam early, for example, you can do that with no penalty, provided you have met all other deadlines. If you have used up your deadline option and a second assignment comes in late, then you will lose five points for each day it is past due (at the instructor's discretion).


Any good edition of Shakespeare and Timothy Corrigan's Writing about Film.