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RutgersUniversity
Shakespeare:JacobeanPlays(358:315)
Spring2016

Professor:Mr.Levao;Grader:Mr.Syrek
TuesdayJan19Prologue
ThursdayJan21MeasureforMeasure
TuesdayJan26MeasureforMeasure
ThursdayJan28MeasureforMeasure
TuesdayFeb2Othello
ThursdayFeb4Othello
TuesdayFeb9Othello
ThursdayFeb11KingLear
TuesdayFeb16KingLear
ThursdayFeb18KingLear
TuesdayFeb23KingLear
ThursdayFeb25Exam1(onM4M,Othello,KL)
TuesdayMarch1Macbeth
ThursdayMarch3Macbeth
TuesdayMarch8Macbeth
ThursdayMarch10AntonyandCleopatra
March1220SpringRecess
TuesdayMarch22AntonyandCleopatra
ThursdayMarch24AntonyandCleopatra
TuesdayMarch29Coriolanus
ThursdayMarch31Coriolanus
TuesdayApril5Coriolanus
ThursdayApril7Exam2(onMacbeth,A&C,andCoriolanus)
TuesdayApril12TheWintersTale
ThursdayApril14TheWintersTale
TuesdayApril19TheWintersTale

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ThursdayApril21TheTempest
TuesdayApril26TheTempest
ThursdayApril28TheTempest
FinalExam:TBAinlecturehall
RequiredTexts:Itwillbeeasiertofindanddiscusspassagesinlectureifweallusethesame
edition.IhaveorderedMeasureforMeasure,Othello,KingLear,Macbeth,TheWintersTale,and
TheTempestinFolgereditions;AntonyandCleopatraandCoriolanusinSigneteditions.Ifalready
ownareliable,modern,annotatedcollection(Riverside,Norton,etc.)orindividualpaperbacks
(Signet,Oxford,Cambridge,Pelican,Arden),youmaysubstitutethose.Printedbookswith
act/scene/linenumbersandaccessiblenotesarefarpreferabletoonlinetexts.

Officehours:Thursday1112;Friday1:302:30
MurrayHall201email:ronlevao@rci.rutgers.edu
Pleasereadasmuchofeachplayasyoucanbeforethelecturesbeginonthatplay.I
will,ingeneral,followtheorderoftheplay,andyoucanthenrereadtofollowthe
lectures.Rereadingwillnotonlyhelpyouonexams,butwillalsoincreaseyour
pleasureinreadingandthinkingabouttheworks.Ifyouhavequestionsaboutthe
playorwanttodiscussapointfurther,feelfreetocometomyofficehoursabove.I
amalwaysgladtolearnwhatyouarethinking.
Therewillbetwo"hour"examsandonefinalexamination.Thefinalgradeforthe
coursewillbebasedonthesethreeexams,weightedasfollows:25%foreachof
thefirsttwoexamsand50%forthefinal.Fordetailsabouttheexaminations
themselves,seesectionatendofsyllabus,Examinations:English323.
Intheinterestoffairness,ifthescoreononeofthefirsttwoexamsis
uncharacteristicallypoor(definedas15pointslessthanthescoreontheother
hourlyandonthefinal),thatexamwillcount15%ofthegrade,andthehigher
hourlywillcount35%.TheFinalexammust,however,remainat50%.Forthe
purposesofthiscourse,90100=A,8689=B+,8085=B,7679=C+,7075=C,60
69=D,below60=F.Adisastrousfailure(definedas49orless)willbecountedasa
50topreventanyonefromfallingtoofarintoaholeinthefinalcomputation,butin
thatcasethe15%/35%exceptionwillnotbeemployed.
Toughtalk:Becauseofthesizeofthecourse,therecanbeno"extracredit"papers
orassignmentstocompensateforamissedexam."Makeups"fortwo"hour"exams

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willbeannouncedaftertheoriginalexams,tobegiven,ifpossible,approximately
twoweeksaftertheoriginal.Themakeupforthefinalwillbescheduledwith
graduationdeadlinesinmind.Toreceivefullcreditforthemakeup,youmust
presentawrittenexcusefromaDean,Doctor,Counselor,orappropriateAuthority
Figure.Beingunpreparedisnotasufficientreasontoavoidtakingtheoriginal
exam.Ifyoudonothaveawrittenexcuse,youwillbepenalizedonefullgradeon
thatexam(10points).Therewillbeonlyonemakeupgivenperexam,atonetime
andplace.Ifthegradeisimportant,youmustgivetheexamspriorityoversporting
eventsandotherextracurricularactivities.

Basic Courtesy:Whenyoucometolecture,pleaseturnoffphones,
beepers,loudmusicalwatches,etc.Ifyoumustexchangecommentswithaneighbor,
dosoquietlytoavoidbotheringothersaroundyou.Ifyoumustmakelateentrancesor
earlyexits,trytoavoidtheloudmechanicaldoorunlessyouneedtouseit.
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Examinations:English323
I.Thefirsttwoexamswillbedividedintothreeparts.
Partone:Shortanswersbasedonfactualmaterialpresentedinlectureand,for
thefirstexam,intheintroductiontotheNewFolgeredition(editedbyMowatand
Werstine)ReadthefoursubsectionstitledReadingShakespearesLanguage,
ShakespearesLife,ShakespearesTheater,andThePublicationof
ShakespearesPlays(totalofabout30pages).Theinformationisbasicandany
goodeditionwillcoversimilarmaterial,butitwillbemoreefficientifwealluse
thesameintroduction.Theseintroductorypagesaresubstantiallythesameforall
Folgereditions;theonlydifferencesareintheexampleschosentoillustrate
language,etc.,whichvarytosuittheparticularplay.Youwillbeaskedtoanswer
sixoutofsevenquestions,worth3pointseach(18pts.total)
Parttwo:Sixpassagesfromthethreeplaysthatimmediatelyprecededtheexam
willappear.Youwillbeaskedtoidentifyfivebyansweringfourshortquestions
aftereachpassage.Questionswillconcernplay,speakerorspeakers,andother
mattersrelatingspecificallytothepassage.(2pts.eachshortquestion;40pts.total)

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Partthree:YouwillbeaskedtochooseonepassagefromParttwoandtowritea
shortessay(aboutthreetofoursidesoftheexambookpages)inwhichyou
considerthesignificanceofthepassageintermsofitslanguage,itsappropriateness
tothespeaker(s),and/orwhateverdetailsyoufindimportantandinteresting,and
thentorelatethatspeechtosomeofthemajorissuesoftheplayfromwhichitis
taken.Hereitisagoodideatochooseaquotationyouaresureyouidentified
correctlyandaboutwhichyouhavesomethinginterestingtosay.
(42points,gradedagainstascaleof100;i.e.,A=4238;B=3734,etc.Pleasenote
thatonessaysyoudontlosepointsasonobjectivesections,butgainpointsby
thefullness,accuracy,andperceptivenessoftheresponse).
II.Thefinalexamwillbeinthreeparts.
Partonewillfeatureshort,objectivequestionsbasedonlecturematerialafterthe
secondexam.Answersixofseven.(6points)
Parttwowillfeaturesixquotationsfromthefinaltwoplays(TheWintersTaleand
TheTempest),andyouwillbeaskedtoidentifyfive,asonParttwoofthehour
examsabove.(1pointeachquestion,20pts.)
Partthreewillofferthreeessaytopicsandaskyoutowriteabouttwoofthose,
usingatleastthreeplaysfromthesemestertodevelopyourideas.Thetwoessays
togethershoulddiscussatleastfivedifferentplays,atleastonefromeachthirdof
thecourseasdividedbytheexaminations(alistingwillappearontheexam).Note:
Thetopicsthemselveswillbedrawnfromstudyquestionsthatwillbedistributedto
youthelastdayofclass.(37ptseach;74ptstotal)
Pleasenote:Becauseofthelargeenrollmentandshorttimetograduation
deadlines,graduatingSeniorsandspecialcases(fellowship,probation,etc.)willbe
gradedfirst;someotherswillreceivetemporary(T)gradesuntiltheentiregroupis
completed,inabout23weeks.
ThefollowinggenerallearninggoalsareassociatedwithallEnglish
departmentcourses,andareadaptedtothespecificrequirementsof
thiscourse:
*Studentswilldemonstrate:*1.knowledgeofliteraturesinEnglish,
theirhistorical,cultural,andformaldimensionsanddiversity2.
strategiesofinterpretation,includinganabilitytousecriticaland
theoreticalterms,concepts,andmethodsinrelationtoavarietyof
textualforms3.theabilitytowritepersuasivelyandprecisely.

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