35 Amherst College Fall 2010
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30-12:50, 3 Merrill Science Center
Office Hours: 20 Johnson Chapel,
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30; and by appointment.
Phone: Home, 253-9166. Johnson Chapel office, 542-5408
Assistant: Emma Buchsbaum '12. E-mail
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, Emma Buchsbaum '12. After class the instructor will offer
comments and grade the group's presentation.
Writing: There will be one 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.