ENGLI202-20C (HAM)

Shakespeare's Worlds

15 Points

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Paper Description

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The paper will be structured around three key playtexts: Titus Andronicus, Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton's The Roaring Girl and As You Like It. Interlaced with these will be texts in prose and poetry allowing us access to 16th/17th century ideas about power, religion, the household, patriarchy, and love. How did Shakespeare and his contemporaries entertain themselves? How did they think about the world, the cosmos and the self? Why should we still attend to their texts and stories?
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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through face-to-face lectures and tutorials. There are two lectures each week, each of 50 minutes duration. Students must also attend one tutorial per week (also of 50 minutes duration). Tutorial groups will be organised after the first lecture and will begin in the second week of classes. Lectures will be recorded for those not on campus. There will be 2 live campus tutorials, and one zoom tutorial will be organised at a time that suits off-campus students. All course information, assessment information, lecture slides, and links to useful resources will be available through Moodle. All assessments can be submitted online.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Achieve the following skills
    1. understand the tropes and genres used by Shakespeare and his contemporaries
    2. describe how the media of printed text and live performance shapes the impact of works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
    3. analyse the ways Renaissance writers think through visual icons as well as through the body to represent the world
    4. research the English Renaissance through digital and print sources.
    5. concisely describe research findings and apply them to the interpretation of Renaissance texts.
    6. make effective presentations of material, either for oral delivery or in digital formats, and concisely report on these activities.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Students are expected to complete all assessment modules for the completion of this paper.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Renaissance Blogge
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. Short answer analysis: vocabulary and rhetoric
4 Dec 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Tutorial Scene
  • In Class: In Tutorial
4. Tutorial Scene Write Up
12 Feb 2021
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Research Essay
12 Feb 2021
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare: As You Like It

Dekker and Middleton, The Roaring Girl

The Library holds many copies of these, and many editions of The Complete Works of both Shakespeare and Middleton. These plays are also easily available online,. They will also be in the ENGLI202-20C course pack and the Reading List. If you have a copy of Shakespeare's Works already, just use that for the Shakespeare plays and poems.

Other essential readings, poetry and prose, for use in lectures and tutorials will be in the course pack and the Reading Lists. These are also in many texts in the Library and can easily be found online.

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Recommended Readings

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There are many printed, digital, visual and audiovisual resources for this paper. The most useful of these will be indicated as we deal with each topic

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Other Resources

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The Library has good dvd versions of As You Like It and Titus Andronicus. These are listed in the Reading List. The streaming services Kanopy and ETV the Library subscribes to have many resources available also.

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site.

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The expected workload for this paper is 9 hours per week (3 hours of teaching and 6 hours of self-directed study) throughout the semester.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ENGL202, ENGL303

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