English 4100: Shakespeare
Office: Arts and Letters (SOAL) 219
As described in the MGA Catalog, English 4100 is "study of selected Shakespearean tragedies, comedies, and history plays illustrating representative themes and literary techniques of the dramatist, as well as his links to contemporary issues of the day."
Texts and Materials
Complete Works of Shakespeare. Ed. David Bevington. Any edition.
Discussion: Face-to-face meetings for discussion of the readings with very little lecture.
Critical response essays: typed informal writings of at least 300 words responding to the readings before we meet to discuss them. I will post critical response questions on the web before each reading assignment is due.
Corrections: For the first two critical responses you submit and the seminar paper, after your work is graded you will submit corrected versions with all changes highlighted. See corrections instructions.
Exams: We will have two major tests. Exams will be timed and open book. Both the midterm and the final will consist of two parts: 1) "short answers," or brief paragraph-length commentary on the significance of specific passages, and 2) essays making connections in theme or technique between different works. There will be one essay on the midterm and two on the final. You will have some choice in the short answer and essay portions of each exam: you might, for instance, select 5 of 7 short answer items and 1 of 3 essay options.
Seminar paper: An essay of 10-12 typed pages (3000 word minimum), you will explore in some depth a subject of your own choosing (topic subject to my approval). The paper must be carefully formatted and have sources documented according to MLA guidelines. You will incorporate some research into the essayi.e. you will be required to cite four or more secondary sources of quality scholarship or criticism in addition to the primary work(s) you discuss. You will submit a brief topic sentence outline for approval before the paper is due.
Final grade breakdown
Attendance: This course is an independent study, but we will still meet in person most weeks of the term. It is the student's responsibility to notify the professor missing any scheduled meetings. A pattern of attendance problems may result in letter-grade penalties applied to the overall grade.
Late work: Late work is penalized one letter grade for each calendar day an assignment is late. Work turned in more than three days late will receive no higher grade than F, and I accept no work more than two weeks late.
Plagiarism: Except for assignments expressly calling for collaborative effort, all written work must be your own. Any unacknowledged borrowing from the writings of others will be considered plagiarism, a serious breach of academic integrity. I will submit cases of plagiarism or other academic dishonesty for review by the Student Conduct Officer. The penalty for plagiarism in this class is an "F" for the entire course, not just the assignment in question.
Note that the Department of English's more specific definition of plagiarism is operative in this class:
Withdrawal Policies: Students are encouraged to read the withdrawal policy found at https://www.mga.edu/registrar/registration/drop-add.php before dropping/withdrawing from the class. Students may withdraw from the course and earn a grade of “W” up to and including the “Last Day to Withdraw” date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021 for Full Session. After “The Last Day to Withdraw” date, students who withdraw will receive a grade of “WF.” A WF is calculated in the GPA as an “F.” Instructors may assign “W” grades for students with excessive absences (beyond the number of absences permitted by the instructor’s stated attendance policy). Students may withdraw from a maximum of five courses throughout their enrollment at Middle Georgia State. Beyond the five-course limit, withdrawals result in “F” grades.
University Policy: Students are responsible for reading, understanding, and adhering to all Middle Georgia State University student policies, including those linked on the Syllabus Policy page: https://www.mga.edu/faculty-affairs/syllabus-policy.php.
MGA Policy on Disability Accommodations: Students seeking ADA accommodations must contact Middle Georgia State University Office of Accessibility Services in Macon at (478) 471-2985 or in Cochran at (478) 934- 3023. https://www.mga.edu/accessibility-services/.
HB 280 Campus Carry Legislation: https://www.mga.edu/police/campus-carry.php.
Delayed Opening or Closing of the University: If the University is closed due to unforeseen circumstances, students are expected to maintain contact with the university (Knight’s Alert or https://www.mga.edu/police/alert/index.php) and with their instructor and to continue their coursework as directed.
Plagiarism Prevention Tool Notification: a plagiarism prevention service is used in evaluation of written work submitted for this course. As directed by the instructor, students are expected to submit or have their assignments submitted through the service in order to meet requirements for this course. The papers may be retained by the service for the sole purpose of checking for plagiarized content in future student submissions.