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Elit 17 class 1

  1. 1. ELIT 17 Class 1 Shakespeare
  2. 2.  If you are on the waiting list, you can stay. I will email add codes in waitlist order. Those on the waitlist or those wishing to add should indicate so on the roll sheet. Please include an email address.  As we go over the syllabus, consider whether you will stay in the class. If you want out, please let me know, so I can offer your seat to another student. Adding the Class
  3. 3.  Introduction to Class  The Website  The Green Sheet  The Syllabus  Lecture:  Shakespeare’s works  Introduction to Shakespearean Comedy  Introduction to The Comedy of Errors AGENDA
  4. 4. { Website
  5. 5. The Green Sheet: What you will find here  Course Requirements  Assignments and values  Participation  Required Materials  Books  Computer Access  Dedicated email address  Class Policies  Plagiarism  Conduct and Courtesy  The Class Website  How to sign up for an account  How to post your homework.
  6. 6.  From the Folger Shakespeare Library Collection by William Shakespeare and Barbara Mowat  Shakespeare's Sonnets  Richard III  A Comedy of Errors  Othello  Twelfth Night  The Tempest  Three large Blue Books for exams.  A Gmail account that you will be willing to share via Wordpress, Kaizena, and Google Drive Texts and Required Materials:
  7. 7.  Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions.  Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and reading.  Memorization of one piece (Sonnet or Soliloquy)  Two formal papers.  Three exams.  Team Readings  A series of posts to the class website Requirements:
  8. 8. Grading
  9. 9. { Class Policies
  10. 10. 1. Before you submit your essay, please save your file as your last name and the number 2, like this: Smith 2. That will help me keep your essays organized. 2. Submit your essay through Kaizena, a Google Drive add-on, at Or simply use the link on our class website home page. This system allows me to respond to your essay with both voice and written comments and to insert helpful links. 3. Sign in to your Google Account and allow Kaizena access to your Google Drive. 4. Click on the “Ask Dr. Kim Palmore for feedback” link. 5. Choose your document from your Google Drive. You will be directed to a new page to choose a delivery box from a drop down menu. 6. Add your essay to the appropriate ELIT 17 box (Essay #1 or #2). Then, click the “Ask for feedback” button again. 7. Once I have graded your paper, you may view it by going to the conversations between us on the Kaizena page. 8. Click on the highlighted sections of the paper to find both audio and written comments concerning your essay or links to materials that will help you improve your writing. 9. There is a tutorial available on the website. Writing Submissions All out of class essays are to be submitted to me electronically before the due date.
  11. 11. Attendance:  Success in this course depends on regular attendance and active participation. Participation points will be part of our daily activities. If you are not in class, you cannot earn these points. You should save absences for emergencies, work conflicts, weddings, jury duty, or any other issues that might arise in your life.  It is your responsibility to talk to me your absences or other conflicts. Work done in class cannot be made up. Also, please arrive on time, as you will not be able to make up work completed before you arrive, including quizzes.
  12. 12.  Quizzes: I may decide to include pop quizzes from time to time to ensure you are completing all readings in a timely fashion. There are no make up opportunities for quizzes.  Exams: We will have three exams during the quarter. They will likely be identification, short answer, and essay style. I will offer one make up opportunity only for students with undeniable inability to take the test: doctor’s note, court date, or other documented excuse.  Late Work: I do not accept late work. If you miss a due date, you may submit your essay as a revision. You may revise only one essay. Turning your essay in as a revision will keep you from getting feedback on your work.
  13. 13. Conduct, Courtesy, and Electronic Devices:  In this class, we will regularly engage in the discussion of topics that may stir passionate debates. Please speak freely and candidly; however, while your thoughts and ideas are important to me and to the dynamics of the class, you must also respect others and their opinions. Courtesy will allow each person to have the opportunity to express his or her ideas in a comfortable environment.  Courtesy includes but is not limited to politely listening to others when they contribute to class discussions, not slamming the classroom door, and maintaining a positive learning environment for your fellow classmates. To help maintain a positive learning environment, please focus on the work assigned, and do not text- message in class. If you must use your phone for personal reasons, please excuse yourself from class.
  14. 14. Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism includes quoting or paraphrasing material without documentation and copying from other students or professionals. Intentional plagiarism is a grave offense; the resulting response will be distasteful. Depending upon the severity, instances of plagiarism may result in a failing grade for the paper or the course and possible administrative action. All assignments will be scanned and scrutinized for academic dishonesty. Please refer to your handbook for more information regarding plagiarism.
  15. 15. {The Syllabus
  16. 16.  The syllabus is a tentative schedule.  It may be revised during the quarter.  Use it to determine how to prepare for class. Week and Days  What we will do  in class  Homework due before the next class  
  17. 17. Our class website is In order to do the homework, you must establish an account. To make your own FREE Word Press account, go to The system will walk you through the steps to signup for a username or to set up your own user-friendly Word Press blog. Alternatively, you can sign into our website through Facebook or Twitter. If you prefer not to use your own name, you may use a pseudonym. Just make sure you sign in with YOUR Word Press username before you post on our class page so you get credit for your work. Please email me your username once you have established which account you shall use for the quarter. If you cannot establish your website and username, please come to my office hours as soon as possible, and I will help you with the process. Much of our work will take place online, so establishing this connection is mandatory.
  18. 18. On the Website:  Some Reading Assignments  Essay Assignments  The Green Sheet  The Syllabus (The Daily Plan)  Assignment Sheet  Writing Tips  Helpful Links  Your Daily Homework Assignment (which is where you post your homework.)
  19. 19. { There is writing homework due the evening before each meeting. This is both to help you think about your reading and to help you produce ideas for your essays. In order to earn an A on your homework, you must do the following:  Complete all of the posts.  Post them on time.  Be thoughtful in your responses. Homework
  20. 20.  On the front page of the class website, you will find the homework post after each class. (text me if you don’t see it)  Below that post on the right, are the words “Leave a comment.”  Click there and a comment box will open. Copy and paste your homework into the comment box  Click “Post Comment.” Posting Homework Suggestion: Dedicate a document to your homework. Save all of your work by date and post #. That way you will know exactly how much homework you have done for the quarter.
  21. 21. {The QHQ Thinking about writing
  22. 22. How do I know what I think until I see what I say? --E.M. Forster Each text we study will provide material for response writing called a QHQ (Question-Hypothesis-Question). The QHQ requires students to have second thoughts, that is, to think again about questions that arise during their reading and to write about questions that are meaningful to them. Begin your QHQ by formulating some question you have about some aspect of the reading. The first question in the QHQ may be one sentence or longer, but its function is to frame your QHQ writing. A student might start with a question like, “Why is mistaken identity funny?” or “Did Elizabethans believe in magic?” or “Who is Circe?” A student might even write, “Why am I having so much trouble understanding this story?”
  23. 23. After you pose your initial question, focus on a close reading of the text in search of a hypothesis. This hypothesis section comprises the body of your text. The student who asked about mistaken identity might refer to those passages in the text, comparing and contrasting them to other instances of mistaken identity with which he or she is familiar. The student who asked about Circe might search both the text and outside references to learn about who Circe is and why she is included in the play. The student who struggled to understand the text might explore those passages whose meanings were obscure or difficult to understand, connecting them to other plays, novels, and/or cultural texts. Use textual evidence to demonstrate why you believe you have found an answer. After carefully exploring your initial question (250-400 words), put forward another question, one that has sprung from your hypothesis. This will be the final sentence of your QHQ and will provide a base for further reflection into the text.
  24. 24. The QHQ is designed to help you formulate your response to the texts we study into clearly defined questions and hypotheses that can be used as a basis for both class discussion and longer papers. The QHQ can be relatively informal but should demonstrate a thoughtful approach to the material. While your responses need to be organized and coherent, because you will sharing them in class, the ideas they present may be preliminary and exploratory. Remember, a QHQ is not a summary or a report—it is an original, thoughtful response to what you have read. All QHQs should be posted on the website the by 5 pm the evening before the class for which they are due. This will give both me and other students time to ponder your ideas and think about appropriate responses. Moreover, this sharing of material should provide plenty of fodder for essays. Even though you have posted your QHQ, you should bring a copy of it to class in order to share your thoughts and insights and to stimulate class discussion. Include Textual Evidence in your QHQ! Cite it, Scene, Act, and Line!
  25. 25. Is this class too hard? Is this class History 10? Will I be the teacher’s favorite?
  26. 26. 38 plays • (Some claim 37, but we will count Two Noble Kinsman, which is often discounted. There are two lost plays, which we will not include.) 154 Sonnets • Sonnets 1 to 126 are addressed to or concern a young man • Sonnets 127-152 are addressed to or concern a dark lady • Sonnets 153-154 are free adaptations of two classical Greek poems 5 Poems Lover's Complaint (1609) Passionate Pilgrim (1598) Phoenix and the Turtle (1601) Rape of Lucrece (1594) Venus and Adonis (1593
  27. 27. 1. All's Well That Ends Well 2. As You Like It 3. The Comedy of Errors 4. Love's Labor's Lost 5. Measure for Measure 6. The Merchant of Venice 7. The Merry Wives of Windsor 8. A Midsummer Night's Dream 9. Much Ado About Nothing 10.The Taming of the Shrew 11.Twelfth Night 12.The Two Gentlemen of Verona 13.The Two Noble Kinsmen
  28. 28. 14.Henry IV, Part 1 15.Henry IV, Part 2 16.Henry V 17.Henry VI, Part 1 18.Henry VI, Part 2 19.Henry VI, Part 3 20.Henry VIII 21.King John 22.Richard II 23.Richard III
  29. 29. 24.Antony and Cleopatra 25.Coriolanus 26.Hamlet 27.Julius Caesar 28.King Lear 29.Macbeth 30.Othello 31.Romeo and Juliet 32.Timon of Athens 33.Titus Andronicus 34.Troilus and Cressida
  30. 30. 35.Timon of Athens 36.Cymbeline 37.The Winter's Tale 38.The Tempest
  31. 31. Shakespeare wrote most of his comedies early in his career. The plays he penned in his youth generally deal with young people rebelling against the established social order, while his later tragedies and romances often focus on the theme of children betraying or refusing to obey their parents. If you remember, we are reading two comedies in this class: The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night.
  32. 32. Shakespearean Comedy  As you read Shakespeare, you will notice that there are several traits that are common to all of The Bard's comedic works. But remember, the term "comedy" didn't quite have the same meaning to Elizabethan audiences as it does today. While humor abounds in his comedies, "comedy” usually suggested a light-hearted play with a happy ending.  The main kind of comedies Shakespeare wrote are often labelled romantic comedies, which often end in marriage.  True to the time period, these plays are light-hearted, but they do exhibit some dark and disturbing elements.  In his comedy, Shakespeare often used a series of mix-ups where disorder is rife and life is turned upside down.  All of his comedies look at the foolishness of human beings.
  33. 33. {  Language  Physical Comedy  Love/ Overcoming Obstacles  Complexity/ Plot Twists  Mistaken Identity  Stock Characters  Merging Real and Mythical  Happy Endings
  34. 34. Comedy through language: Shakespeare communicated his comedy through language and his comedy plays are peppered with clever word play, metaphors, and insults. Use of puns: Shakespeare was a master of wordplay, and his comedies are filled with puns and witty language games. Sometimes silly, sometimes bawdy, yet always clever, his plays on words are a distinguishing feature of all his works. Other verbal comedy: Wit, Irony, Parody, Bombast, Malapropism, Slapstick Slapstick can often include Physical comedy, one of the older forms of humor in human culture. Watching another person fall down, get dirty, receive a slap, trip over obstacles, get a pie in the face, or perform a stunt makes us laugh.
  35. 35. Love: The theme of love is prevalent in Shakespeare comedy. Young lovers struggle to overcome obstacles that are typically brought about by the elders in the play, often parents or guardians of the lovers. Complex plots: The plotline of a Shakespeare comedy generally contains more twists and turns than his tragedies and histories. The plots are convoluted, but they do follow similar patterns. For example, the climax of the play generally occurs in the third act and the final scene is generally a celebration, such as a declaration of love, marriage, or reunion. Clever plot twists: Shakespearean comedy always involves multiple plot lines, cleverly intertwined to keep the audience guessing both what is happening and what will happen. These unexpected twists are always resolved in a happy ending.
  36. 36. Mistaken Identity: Whether it takes the form of mixed-up twins (as in The Comedy of Errors) or a clever disguise, mistaken identity was one of Shakespeare's favorite and most-used plot devices. Gender mix-ups were also popular. Shakespeare quite often had characters masquerading as the opposite sex (as in Twelfth Night), leading to misunderstandings and other comical moments. Remember, during Shakespeare's lifetime, men frequently played all the roles in a play, which added another dimension to the comedy. Males played females posing as males! Stock characters: Shakespeare, like many classical writers, relied heavily on stock characters for his plays. You'll notice several that regularly appear: the young couple, the clever servant, the fool, or the drunk, for example. These stock characters were instantly recognizable stereotypes to Elizabethan audiences just as they will be to you.
  37. 37. The mythical and real merge: Frequently, the comedy contains elements of the improbable, supernatural, or the miraculous: unbelievable coincidences, improbable scenes of recognition/lack of recognition, willful disregard of the social order (nobles marrying commoners, beggars changed to lords), enchanted settings, supernatural beings (fairies, witches, Gods and Goddesses), and instantaneous conversions (the wicked repent), The happy ending may depend on the supernatural or divine intervention, or it may merely involve an improbable turns of events. Happy endings: All Shakespearean comedies end happily. Most often, this happy ending involves marriage or pending marriage. In the best of the later comedies, there is a philosophical aspect involving graver themes and issues like identity, the importance of love, the power of language, the importance of communication, the disjunction between appearance and reality, the power of dreams and illusions, or the transforming power of poetry and art.
  38. 38. The Comedy of Errors, one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays and his first Comedy (first performed in 1592-1593 ), is a tangle of absurd coincidences and comical misunderstandings. Some critics categorize this play as a farce, a low form of comedy whose intention is to provoke simple mirth in the form of roars of laughter (and not smiles); Comedy of Errors Cartoon by darth-jurious it uses exaggerated physical action, character and absurd situation, with improbable events, a complex plot, with events rapidly succeeding one another, pushing character and dialogue into the background.
  39. 39. gaBZcd8 The Comedy of Errors opens in the palace of the Duke of Ephesus. He is listening to a Syracusan merchant, who has come Ephesus not knowing that Syracusans are forbidden to enter the city. His only alternative to death is paying an astronomical fine of a thousand marks, which the prisoner cannot likely raise in a foreign land. In despair, he exclaims his woes will end “with the evening sun!” This remark prompts the Duke to ask about the Syracusan's life since he is so eager to give it up. The upcoming film clip of Egeon’s explanation to the Duke is taken from the Drury Lane-Oakbrook 2008 production of The Boys from Syracuse, which is based on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Here, Egeon tells the story of his lost sons and their servants.
  40. 40.  Buy books  Establish Gmail account  Register for Wordpress  Read the Folger introduction from xiii to liii  Read The Comedy of Errors Acts 1,2, and 3. Post #1 Choose one 1. Find examples of the different kinds of comedy we discussed in class today. Explain why the scenes or elements are or aren’t funny. 2. Wooing scenes are prominent in Shakespearian plays. Find the wooing scene between Antipholus of Syracuse and Luciana. Explicate the meaning and explain how successful it is. 3. Compare and contrast one set of the twins. Are they more alike or different? 4. Discuss Pinch and his role in the story. 5. QHQ