English 431--Advanced Shakespeare

Winter 1999 Schedule

Triangulating Shakespeare
Section 01: TR 4:10-6:00 in 22-311
Instructor: Steven Marx
phone: 756-2411
Office: 47-25E (Faculty Office Building)
Office hours: TR: 8:10-9:00 and 3:10-4:00
Week Date Class or performance Due Link
I 1/5 Introduction

Triangulating Shakespeare

Cast Romeo and Juliet 2.2 for reading

Some theatre and film vocabulary
  *1/6 Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet (1968)   Outlines of film criticism on Zeffirelli film
  1/7 Romeo and Juliet

read Romeo and Juliet complete

view Zeffirelli production

report 1: Zeffirelli production--the tomb scene {Heather Marlowe)

report 2: Jack Jorgens' essay in Shakespeare on Film. (Bridget Schoenbaum)

cast A Midsummer Night's Dream 5.1

Reading Notes

Lecture notes

II 1/12 Romeo and Juliet

read "Shakespeare, an overview" (Signet edition, pp. vii-lxi)

**attend "Shakespeare in Love" (playing at the Fremont or Mission theatre in SLO)

complete Allusion contest form

report 3: on reviews of "Shakespeare in Love." (Stacie Pudas)

read Goldman (Signet 160-170)

report 4: on Goldman and applications to the text, Acts 1 and 2 (Joe Davidman)

  *1/13 Luhrmann Romeo and Juliet (1996)    
  1/14 Romeo and Juliet

Scene directed in class: 2.2 (starring Frank Bucquoy and Marisa Voorhees)

report 5: on Luhrmann production and critiques(Giselle Gaines)

  1/15   Paper 1 [5:00 p.m.English office mailbox]  





A Midsummer Night's Dream


read A Midsummer Night's Dream


Reading Notes

Lecture Notes

  *1/20 BBC A Midsummer Night's Dream    
  1/21 A Midsummer Night's Dream

report 6: Kermode 121-128 and Bamber 129-131(Elizabeth Warner)

report 7: C.L. Barber essay [handout or on web] (Tricia Hanover)

IV 1/26 A Midsummer Night's Dream

report 8: Montrose essay [handout or on web] (Heather Macintosh)


  *1/27 Reinhardt A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)    
  1/28 A Midsummer Night's Dream

report 9: Jorgens essay on Reinhardt production (Jason Hodgson)

report 10: On Reinhardt production (Matt Dorville)

perform and discuss A Midsummer Night's Dream 5.1 (Directed by Matt Dorville)


Possible paper topics
  1/29   Paper 2 [5:00 p.m.English office mailbox]  
V 2/2 King Lear read King Lear

Lear Lecture Notes

Shooting Scripts:

MND 3.2

Lear 4.6

WT 3.3


  *2/3 Olivier King Lear [location TBA]    
  2/4 King Lear

report 11 read Harold Bloom's essay on King Lear (Joel Short)

report 12: scenes from Olivier Lear (Kelly Underwood)

Steven Marx:

King Lear and the book of Job

VI 2/9 King Lear report 13: Stephen Greenblatt, "Shakespeare and the Exorcists" (Abbey Rebuschatis)


Outline of Greenblatt
  *2/10 view Brook or Kozintsev or Holm version   Lear film critiques
  2/11 King Lear

reread Act 4 Scene 6

report 13: Harry Levin's, "The Heghts and the Depths" --included in Signet edition or handout. (Michelle Berchtold)

report 14: Peter Brook and Olivier versions of Act 4 Scene 6 (Brandon Beach)

  2/12   Paper 3 [5:00 p.m.English office mailbox]  
VII 2/16 The Winter's Tale read The Winter's Tale  
  *2/17 510 players' The Winter's Tale    
  2/18 The Winter's Tale

report 15 and report 16 on Orgel introduction, 1-79 (Jennifer Gore and Frank Bucquoy)


Outline of Orgel Introduction
VIII 2/23 The Winter's Tale

report 17 on Seely essay on The Winter's Tale (Sue George)

report 18 on Charles Frey, pp. 138-153 (Marissa Voorhees)

report 19 on Charles Frey, pp. 153-169 (Dru Zachmeyer)

Instructor's book about Renaissance Pastoral

The Winter's Tale


Paper 4 [due in class]  
  **2/25 Theatre Party: Romeo and Juliet in the Cal Poly Theatre 8:00 p.m    
  2/26-2/28 Swanton ranch excursion Discuss Cal Poly production of Romeo and Juliet

rehearse and shoot scenes from Midsummernight's Dream, King Lear , The Winter's Tale


IX 3/2

no class; edit tapes


  3/4 Selected sonnets   sonnet assignment
X 3/9 Selected sonnets    
  3/9 7:00 P.M. Public Screening of Class film project

Shakespeare at Swanton Website

  3/11 no class--work on final    
Final 3/18

present take-home final exam and tape


Take-home exam assignment

Take-home exam essays

* Indicates scheduled screening of a specified video performance of the play under discussion at 4:00 and at 7:00 P.M.in Room 202 of the Library. These videos are available for individual viewing at the Learning Resources Center on the second floor of Kennedy library at all other times. Zeffirelli and Luhrmann Romeo and Juliet and Olivier Lear are also available for rent at local video outlets.

** Indicates required attendance at live performance.


  • All plays should be read in specified editions to facilitate reference in class and to include assigned critical essays on numbered pages. The first four plays are Signet Classic second revised edition ($3.95 each). The last play is Oxford Shakespeare edition ($7.95). The appropriate text must be brought to every class.

Workload and Grading

  • four short page papers/reports--10 pages 40%
    • Each of these papers deals with one of the critical essays assigned and with the Shakespearean text and performance in question. It summarizes the central point of the critic and applies one of the critic's ideas to a passage in the play or performance that the critic doesnt treat, supporting, expanding or rejecting the critic's interpretation. The in-class report should supply the basis of one of these papers.
  • Take home final exam/essay--10 pages--40%
    • A retrospective reflection on the course and your experience as reader, viewer and performer
  • Video production project--20%


  • Late papers are penalized one full grade for each class session's delay unless a postponement is granted by the instructor in advance.
  • Attendance is not optional. Each unexcused absence beyond two lowers the grade by one half letter; seven or more unexcused absences result in no credit. Three unexcused latenesses count for one absence. Certified medical absences or job interviews are not counted in these totals and are the only reason for makeups .
  • Deliberate plagiarism or other forms of cheating result in a failing grade and referral to the dean. Students are responsible for understanding the definition of plagiarism. Please consult the instructor if the handout sheet on the subject doesn't make it clear to you.

Supplementary Resources



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