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English 36 Amherst College Spring 2009


Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30-12:50, 3 Merrill Science Center

Office Hours: Tuesday, 1:45-4 PM, 15 Johnson Chapel, and by appointment.

Phone: Home, 253-9166.
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Assistant: Aaron Nathan '10.  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 shown on Wednesdays at 4 and 7:30 PM in 131 Merrill Science Center. Films will also be available on reserve at the Library.

Each student will be part of a small group responsible for preparing an interesting speech or brief scene to read aloud in class. Students will explain to the class the interpretive choices they made in reading the speech. Each group will prepare its presentation with the help of the Assistant for the course, Aaron Nathan '10. After class the instructor will offer comments and grade your 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 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.