English 339--Introduction to Shakespeare

Section 03: TR 9:10-11:00 in 22-313
Section 04: TR 12:10-2:00 in 22-210
Instructor: Steven Marx
phone: 756-2411
Office: 47-25E (Faculty Office Building)
Office hours: TR: 8:10-9:00 and 3:10-4:00


Winter 1999 Schedule

[updated 1/28/99]

Week Date Class or performance Due Link
I 1/5 Introduction    
  *1/6 Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet (1968)   Outlines of film criticism on Zeffirelli film
  1/7 Romeo and Juliet read "Shakespeare, an overview" (pp. vii-lxi) and Romeo and Juliet Acts 1 and 2

Reading Notes

Lecture notes

II 1/12 Romeo and Juliet

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

read Romeo and Juliet complete; quiz #1

SM's "Shakespeare in Love" page
  *1/13 Luhrmann Romeo and Juliet (1996)    
  1/14 Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scene 2 performed live read Goldman 160-170  
III 1/19 A Midsummer Night's Dream paper #1, A Midsummer Night's Dream Acts 1 and 2

Reading Notes

Lecture Notes

  *1/20 BBC A Midsummer Night's Dream(1981)    
  1/21 A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream complete; quiz #2  
IV 1/26 A Midsummer Night's Dream read Kermode 121-128 and Bamber 129-131  
  *1/27 Reinhardt A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)    
  1/28 A Midsummer Night's Dream performance of Act V Scene 1   Possible paper topics
V 2/2 Henry IV Part 1 paper #2; read Henry IV Part 1, Acts 1 and 2

Scene summary


Lecture notes

  *2/3 BBC I Henry IV (1979)    
  2/4 Henry IV Part 1 read Henry IV Part 1 complete, quiz #3

Film exercise on Act 1 scene 3

Instructor's essays:

"Shakespeare's Pacifism"

"Holy War in Henry V"

VI 2/9 Henry IV Part 1 read Mack (pp. lxiii-lxxv)  
  *2/10 Welles' Chimes at Midnight    
  2/11 Henry IV Part 1 performance of Act 5 Scene 4    
VII 2/16 Macbeth paper #3, read MacbethActs 1 and 2 Macbeth movie [15 second, 1.5 MB download]
  *2/17 Polanski Macbeth    
  2/18 Macbeth read Macbeth complete, quiz #4  
VIII 2/23 Macbeth read McCarthy 157-167 and Sinfield 180-186  
  2/25 Macbeth performance of Act 3 Scene 5    
  **2/26 Theatre Party: Romeo and Juliet in the Cal Poly Theatre 8:00 p.m.    
IX 3/2 The Winter's Tale

paper #4, read The Winter's TaleActs 1 and 2

  *3/3 BBC The Winter's Tale (1980)    
  3/4 The Winter's Tale read The Winter's Tale complete, quiz #5  
X 3/9 The Winter's Tale read Orgel 1-79 Outline of Orgel introduction
  *3/10 510 players' The Winter's Tale (1995)   Shakespeare at Swanton
  3/11 The Winter's Tale performance of Act 5 Scene 3  

WT scene summary and themes

WT movie [20 second, 3.7MBdownload]

  3/15   paper #5 due, along with submission to Shakespeare Boiled Down Endterm business and final exam prep
Final 3/18

Section 3--1:10-3:00

Section 4--4:10-6:00


* Indicates scheduled screening of a specified video performance of the play on Wednesdays 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 Polanski Macbeth are also available for rent at local video outlets.

** Indicates required attendance at evening live performance. Tickets to be sold in class at a discount.


Workload and Grading


Supplementary Resources