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ENGL& 224 Shakespeare I • 5 Cr.


Surveys the development of Shakespeare's dramatic and literary art. Students read and analyze representative comedies, tragedies, romances, and histories. Lecture/discussion format. Recommended: ENGL& 101 or ENGL 201 or a literature course in the 100 series.


Recommended: ENGL& 101 or ENGL 201 or a literature course in the 100 series.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comfortable level of reading and understanding the language of Shakespeare in poems and plays.
  • Show a sense of Elizabethan culture and history in discussions and writing.
  • Explain the difference between early and late plays, to demonstrate awareness of Shakespeare’s development as an artist.
  • Develop a process for analyzing plays and sonnets.
  • Demonstrate improved inferential skills in discussions and writing.
  • Discuss both comedies and tragedies with insight.
  • Identify controlling ideas and themes characteristic of Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Develop writing-about-literature skills and techniques.
  • Practice effective group skills in collaborative activities.
  • Demonstrate oral presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate enjoyment in the reading, discussing, and writing about Shakespeare.
  • Assess own skills.



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