Advanced Shakespeare--English 431

Essay # 4 : The Winter's Tale

approximately 8 pages or 2000 words

counts 40% of grade

due 9:00 A.M. March 18, 1991


Triangulating Shakespeare

Write an essay on The Winter's Tale . Incorporate various aspects of the term's work. Center your discussion of the whole play on the character you played and/or on the scene(s) you participated in.

Your paper should contain, but need not be limited to, the following elements, in any order you choose:

1. A general discussion of The Winter's Tale as a whole, in relation to earlier plays studied, especially Hamlet and Macbeth..

2. A discussion of your character or scene and its structural and thematic place in the script as a whole, including rhetoric, metaphor, symbol, text / subtext as well as cues to staging.

a. Detailed references to at least one other scene of the play included in "The Triumph of Time" and to at least one other scene not included.

b. References to at least two of the critical essays or books assigned as required reading (See below).

3. An analytical discussion of your scene in performance, following the guidelines used for film analysis in earlier papers.

a. A nonjudgmental comparison/contrast of your version with that of the BBC, mentioning a published critical comment of the BBC version.

4. A critical discussion of elements of your scene and of one or more other scenes in "The Triumph of Tiime."

a. At least one element that you found effective and why and one element that you would modify if you had a second chance at producing this video.

5. A discussion of something you learned about Shakespeare and/or about production for the screen in the course of making this video.

Critical Reading

In addition to the critical works on The Winter's Tale mentioned in earlier handouts, you will find it useful to read all of the "Recent Studies" in Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale--A Casebook edited by Kenneth Muir on two-hour reserve. Of special interest are the essays by Schanzer, Ewbank, Frye and Coghill.


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