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Fall 2017-2018
ENG 523   No Pass/D/Fail

Renaissance Drama - Shakespeare's Language

Jeff Dolven

A survey of Shakespeare's linguistic resources, from several standpoints: the history of the language, the art of rhetoric, problems of attribution (including the potentials of computational stylometrics), and poetics. Over the course of the semester we study six plays, including Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, and The Winter's Tale. There are weekly exercises in stylistic description and imitation. Our questions: how does Shakespeare sound like himself? (Does he sound like himself?) How does he sound like others, like his age, like his readers? And his characters - can we ask the same questions of them?

Sample reading list:
William Shakespeare, Sonnets
William Shakespeare, Titus Andrinocus
William Shakespeare, Love's Labors Lost
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Requirements/Grading:
Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22136 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:15