Students will be acquainted with various critical approaches to a Shakespearean play and learn how to read and discuss Shakespeare critically and analytically.
By a close reading of The Merchant of Venice, this course aims to familiarize students with various perspectives from which to understand, discuss and enjoy a Shakespearean play.
Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice. Ed. Roma Gill. Oxford School Shakespeare. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006. Other handouts to be distributed in class
To be introduced in class
Regular attendance and active participation. Students should come to each class prepared and ready to discuss the assigned material.
Attendance, homework and in-class assignments, quizzes, oral presentations and/or term paper
１．Orientation and introduction (review of Semester 1) ２．Introduction to The Merchant of Venice ３．The Merchant of Venice (Act 1, scene 1): How to read blank verse ４．The Merchant of Venice (Act 1, scene 2): Shakespeare and his source ５．The Merchant of Venice (Act 1, scene 3): Religion ６．The Merchant of Venice (Act 2, scenes 1-3): Images of women ７．The Merchant of Venice (Act 2, scenes 4-6): Family and marriage ８．The Merchant of Venice (Act 2, scenes 7-9): Race ９．The Merchant of Venice (Act 3, scenes 1-2): Comedy and tragedy 10．The Merchant of Venice (Act 3, scenes 3-5): Disguise in Shakespeare 11．The Merchant of Venice (Act 4, scenes 1-2): Justice and mercy 12．The Merchant of Venice (Act 5, scene 1): Love and friendship 13．Introduction to Shakespeare in performance and on film 14．Film: The Merchant of Venice (2004) Part 1 15．Film: The Merchant of Venice (2004) Part II
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