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Cheryl J Carvajal
BIS 488
Bothell Campus

Topics in British Literature

Advanced study of significant authors, issues and movements in English literature. Topics include Shakespeare and the idea of tragedy, Virginia Woolf as artist and cultural critic, and canon formation and the Romantic movement.

Class description

This course will explore in-depth the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare in context with historical and biographical information. Students will immerse themselves in the world of the theatre during the Early Modern era in England, but will also examine this literature in light of more modern needs and sensibilities.

Student learning goals

1. Understand the Early Modern world of the theatre and its effect on Shakespeare’s works.

2. Gain ease with reading and understanding Shakespeare’s language, both in his plays and in his poetry.

3. Examine ways in which Shakespeare’s work continues to apply to a more modern world and “speak to” a modern theatrical audience.

4. Learn the basic elements of drama and apply this knowledge to Shakespeare’s plays and modern productions of them.

General method of instruction

The instruction will primarily be through class discussion, small group work, performance, daily journals, and other interactive modes. Lectures will be kept to a minimum, and students will be expected to complete all readings as assigned to facilitate such methods.

Recommended preparation

Students need have no background in Shakespeare, but they should have a willingness to read and discuss the works as assigned. Communication skills are also a needed skill.

Class assignments and grading

The grade will be assessed from in-class activities, daily class journals, pop quizzes, one class presentation, one essay, and a final exam, which will be cumulative.

In class activities & pop quizzes--20% Daily class journal (due at the beginning of each class)--20% Class presentation--20% Comparative Essay--20% Final Exam--20%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Cheryl J Carvajal
Date: 03/22/2007