ENG 121-01 - Introduction to Shakespeare
4 credits (Spring)
As we closely read some of Shakespeare’s most intellectually challenging plays, our major focus will be on analyzing elements of stage performance, learning about acting and theatrical production both in Shakespeare’s time and today. In fact, we will see the plays that we study come to life on stage during the semester. Over Spring Break, we will engage in course-embedded travel to trace Shakespeare’s footsteps in the contemporary United States. First, we will travel to Washington, DC, to examine rare books at the Folger Shakespeare Library and to see two live plays there. We will then interact with actors and creators at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, where we will see plays at the Blackfriars Theater that replicates Shakespeare’s very own indoor theater as it had been in Renaissance London.
This course includes required travel over spring break. Students will be required to pay a $250 participation fee (most other required travel expenses will be covered). This fee will be added to the student tuition bill and is due by the first day of classes. If payment of this fee causes you financial concern , please contact Gretchen Zimmerman in the Financial Aid Office to discuss loan options to cover this additional cost for attendance.