Course ENG 210W: Major Authors: Shakespeare’s Globe
Time Fall 2015, T/R 1:00-2:15
Location Carlos Hall 212
Instructor McKenna Rose
Office Hour Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm, Callaway N112
Contact msrose@emory.edu
Instructor Site mckennarose.org
Course Site shakespeare.mckennarose.org

Course Description

In this course we will put The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Richard II, and Titus Andronicus into conversation with ecocriticism. Ecocriticism—the branch of literary theory broadly concerned with the relationship between literature and the environment—provides us with terms such as nature, ecology, anthropocentrism, recycling, and sustainability that we will use to describe the forms, themes, and plots of Shakespeare’s plays. Drawing on work by contemporary ecocritics, we will engage the course texts through some of the following questions: What is nature? How do Shakespeare’s plays alert audiences to the materiality and interconnectivity of human subjectivity? How do the storms, anatomy lessons, catalogues of plants and animals, and forests in the plays we read inform the contemporary climate crisis? To answer these questions and help you develop close reading and critical writing skills, you will create and administrate individual websites where you will publish multimedia blog posts, argument driven analysis essays, an “edition” of King Lear, and PechaKutcha presentations. Ultimately, this course aims to train you to analyze Shakespeare’s plays as ecocritics do so that we may together reimagine the relationship between humans and nature in both early modern drama and our own imperiled world.  

Domain of One’s Own

ENG 210: Shakespeare’s Globe is a registered Domain of One’s Own course. Domain is a digital pedagogy project in which you are required to own and administrate your own websites that function as a component of curricula, professional portfolios, social media databases, and community outreach platforms. You are required to pay $12.00 for server space and a domain name of your choice. The Emory Writing Program hosts your name and server space. No prior experience with web design or digital authoring is required for successful completion of course work. All major class projects work will be published to the web and available to reading publics beyond the class and university.

Projected Learning Outcomes

Analysis Close read verbal, visual, and audio Shakespearean texts from multiple genres and historical periods critically for form, rhetorical features, underlying assumptions, cultural context, compliment, contrast, audience, constraints, and validity
Literacy Demonstrate fluency in major concepts in Shakespeare such as genre; performance; environmentalism; and media ecology/bibliography
Persuasion Meet the needs of shifting audiences by composing multimodal texts that make the best choices among argument, description, design, narrative, synthesis, and citation
Collaboration Work amiably in face-to-face and digital groups, and assume key roles in cooperative projects
Imagination Make original connections between texts, themes, eras, and forecast the future by adapting models from the past

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