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

This course is an introduction to William Shakespeare’s plays and poems that emphasizes performance history and environmental themes to develop students’ close reading and writing skills; literary historical knowledge; and multimodal research techniques. During the semester students will write and administer their own websites on which they will publish required projects such as maps; infographics; digital hypertexts; researched papers; presentations; as well as a series of short, multimedia blog posts. The course centers on the term globe to circumscribe the Shakespearean canon, inform textual inquiry, and compare the past with the present in an attempt to redress the environmental crisis. We study Shakespeare’s work under dire circumstances: inescapable climate shifts, constant species extinction, relentless resource depletion, and the final adulteration of air, water, and land. Since the Anthropocene began in and around the Globe Theater, Shakespeare’s plays offer resources that can help to sustain our globe by reanimating a specifically Renaissance ethic of intimacy and nonhuman care.

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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