ENGL 324: Shakespeare I (Rev. C5) Report a Broken Link

ENGL 324 is an introduction to the age of Shakespeare and his plays. It begins with an introduction to the following topics: a brief biography of Shakespeare; a crash course in the origins of Western theatre and the evolution of Shakespearean drama; an introduction to Shakespeare’s political and cultural milieu; a survey of certain mysteries and critical questions about Shakespeare; and an overview of Shakespeare’s English. Students are then introduced to seven of Shakespeare’s earlier plays and will participate in close readings and thematic investigations in order to gain a greater understanding of Shakespeare's enduring relevance and a deeper understanding of the plays themselves.

Course Description

Introduction [video]

Unit I: Introduction

Required Readings
Useful Websites and Videos
"William Shakespeare: The life and legacy of England’s bard." BBC. 2016. Web.
"The Sources Shakespeare Used for his Plays." Internet Shakespeare Editions. 2011. Web.

Unit II: Titus Andronicus

Online Quiz
Good Reads Quiz: Titus Andronicus
Useful Websites and Videos
Ovid. "Tereus Rapes Philomela." The Metamorphoses. Book 6: 486-548. poetryintranslation.com. 2000. Web.

Unit III: Richard II

Online Quiz
Cliffs Notes Quiz: Richard II
Useful Websites and Videos
Alexander, Justin, ed. Richard II: Thomas of Woodstock. thealexandrian.net. 14 Sep. 2010. Web.

Avenue Q Schadenfreude (Original Broadway Cast Performance)

Unit IV: Henry IV, Part One

Useful Websites and Videos
"Look at me" Dustin Hoffman on Laurence Olivier - Inside the Actors Studio
Online Quiz
Spark Notes Quiz: Henry IV, Part One

Unit V: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Required Reading
Useful Websites and Videos
Photo gallery: Peter Brook's 1970 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Tam Lin Ballad  
Thomas the Rhymer Ballad

Judi Dench A Midsummer Night's Dream Pt 2

Online Quiz
ShortList.com Quiz: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Unit VI: Richard III

Useful Websites
Now: In the Wings on a World Stage
“New Battle of Bosworth Field site revealed.” BBC News. 19 Feb. 2010. Web.
“Richard III dig: DNA confirms bones are king’s.” BBC News. 4 Feb. 2013. Web.
Treble, Patricia. “Canada’s connection to King Richard III: The inside story.” Maclean's. 22 Mar. 2015. Web.
Seneca. Troades. Theoi E-Texts Library Copyright © 2000 – 2011, Aaron Atsma. Theoi.com. Web.
"Donald Trump calls John McCain 'not a war hero'." CBC News. 18 Jul. 2015. Web.
Online Quiz
Spark Notes Quiz: Richard III

Unit VII: The Merchant of Venice


Online Quiz
Spark Notes Quiz: The Merchant of Venice

Unit VIII: Twelfth Night

Useful Websites and Videos
Quilter, Roger. Shakespeare's Songs, Op.6. imslp.org. 23 Jan. 2015. Web.
Online Quiz
Spark Notes Quiz: Twelfth Night


Oxford English Dictionary