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Douglas S Bruster


ProfessorPh.D., 1990, Harvard University

Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of American and English Literature, Distinguished Teaching Professor
Douglas S Bruster

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Interests


Shakespeare; Drama; Renaissance literature; Film; Theory

Biography


Douglas Bruster’s research centers on Shakespeare, drama, and literary history. His discoveries have been featured in such venues as The New York Times and National Public Radio. His books on Shakespeare and early modern drama include Drama and the Market in the Age of ShakespeareQuoting ShakespeareShakespeare and the Question of CulturePrologues to Shakespeare’s TheatreTo Be or Not To Be and Shakespeare and the Power of Performance. He is editor of Thomas Middleton’s The Changeling, the morality plays Everyman and Mankind, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. In addition to the University of Texas, he has taught at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Paris.

 

Selected Recent Publications:

"Shakespeare's Lady 8." Shakespeare Quarterly 66.1 (2015): 47-88.

(with Geneviève Smith) "A New Chronology for Shakespeare's Plays." Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (formerly Literary and Linguistic Computing) (December, 2014): 1-20. http://dsh.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/12/08/llc.fqu068

"The Representation Market in Renaissance London." Renaissance Drama 41: 1,2 (2013): 1-23.

Courses


LAH 350 • Shakespeare

29910 • Fall 2016
Meets MW 8:30AM-10:00AM GAR 1.134
(also listed as E 321)

E 321  l  Shakespeare: Selected Plays-HONORS

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  35290

Semester:  Fall 2016

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  Global Cultures, Writing

Restrictions:  English Honors students

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites:  Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description:  This course will survey Shakespeare’s beginnings as a writer, emphasizing questions of literary form, authorship, and chronology. Where did Shakespeare's famous style come from, and how did it develop? What were his literary contexts like, and how might he have changed them? When and how, finally, did Shakespeare become "Shakespeare"? To answer such questions, we will read works like the Henry VI trilogy of history plays, The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Edward III, and Arden of Faversham. In addition to such plays, we may read his verse as well, including selected Sonnets and the narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. Current scholarship on Shakespeare's biography, style, and first writings will augment our reading of these primary texts.

Recommended Text:  I will order separate paperback editions of the works we will read.  However, you may use any scholarly edition of Shakespeare's works (in single-volume version or as separate paperbacks).  Please check with the instructor if you have questions about the suitability of an edition or editions.

Requirements & Grading (subject to change upon notice):  This course will culminate in an original research essay of approximately 15 pp. in length, worth 50% of the final grade. In addition to this paper, you will be expected to write several shorter essays (worth 20%, combined), make a formal presentation (15%), and contribute meaningfully to class discussion (15%).

E F379R • Hollywood Films In Archive

81967 • Summer 2016
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM PAR 302

E f379R  l  Hollywood Films in the Archive

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  81967

Semester:  Summer 2016, first session

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisite: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This course will take up selected Hollywood films from the silent era forward. Our goal will be to understand these works in relation to the production lifecycle, using the rich resources of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC) as a primary archive. Materials relating to screenwriting, cinematography, performance, sound, and publicity will form the basis for our investigations. Case studies may include such films as Sadie Thompson (1928), Rebecca (1940), Taxi Driver (1976), The Verdict (1982), Shakespeare in Love (1998), and Atonement (2007).

Requirements and Grading: This course will involve several short writing assignments; these may include critical responses to our films, and an outline and annotated bibliography on a research question. Quizzes and examinations will count for 40% of the course grade; attendance and participation (including presentations) = 20%; written work = 40%.

E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays

34490 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 206

E 321  l  Shakespeare: Selected Plays

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  34490

Semester:  Spring 2016

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This course will survey Shakespeare’s career as a playwright, emphasizing questions of literary form. What makes a play a comedy, a history, or a tragedy? Shakespeare himself recognized these distinctions; what differences might they have made in how he wrote his plays, and in how these plays work? To answer these questions, we will pay special attention to the “rules of the game,” noticing where Shakespeare followed them, and where he chose to depart from them. Our readings may include such plays as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, 1 Henry IV, and King Lear.

Recommended Text: I will order separate paperback editions of the plays. However, you may use any scholarly edition of Shakespeare's works (in single-volume version or as separate paperbacks). Please check with the instructor if you have questions about the suitability of an edition or editions.

Requirements & Grading (subject to change upon notice): There will be two examinations during the regular semester as well as a final examination administered at the officially scheduled time. Students may also be asked to submit short exercises on a regular basis. Provisional grading breakdown: first exam 20%; second exam 20%; final exam 40%; participation and exercises 20%.

E 379R • Hollywood Films In Archive

34825 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ 2.122

E 379R  l  Hollywood Films in the Archive

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  34825

Semester:  Spring 2016

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisite: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This course will take up selected Hollywood films from the silent era forward. Our goal will be to understand these works in relation to the production lifecycle, using the rich resources of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC) as a primary archive. Materials relating to screenwriting, cinematography, performance, sound, and publicity will form the basis for our investigations. Case studies may include such films as Sadie Thompson (1928), Rebecca (1940), The Verdict (1982), and Birdman (2014).

Requirements and Grading: This course will involve several short papers and drafts building to a research essay. Papers and drafts, weighted equally = 40%; final Research Essay = 40%; attendance and participation (including presentations) = 20%. Papers are due at the beginning of class on the assigned date; late papers will be deducted ten points per day late.

E 316L • British Literature

33945-34129 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WCH 1.120

E 316L  l  British Literature

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  33945-34129

Semester:  Fall 2015

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  Global Cultures

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: One of the following: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.

Description: Literature and Culture --

This course takes up some of the finest literature written in the English language. Beginning with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and making our way through various works by Shakespeare, Austen, and T.S. Eliot, among others, we will follow out the rich narrative of British literary history as it unfolded from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Literary form and its relation to meaning will provide us with a special focus, as will the changing relations between authors and readers. We will also be attuned to the ways in which these literary works challenge us as both readers and citizens.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors, 9th edition, vols. A and B; Shakespeare, Hamlet; Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Alfred Hitchcock (dir.), North by Northwest.

Sample Authors:  Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, Jane Austen.

Requirements & Grading: Discussion Section attendance, participation, short assignments: 20%; Test One (regular semester): 20%; Test Two (regular semester): 20%; Cumulative Final Exam (administered at officially scheduled time during the final examination period): 40%.

E S316L • British Literature

82715 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM PAR 203

E s316L  l  British Literature

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  82715

Semester:  Summer 2015, second session

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  Global Cultures

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: One of the following: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.

Description: This course seeks to introduce you to some of the best works of literature written in English. Concentrating on poetry, and then finishing with a film, we will investigate the changing shapes of literary representation over the centuries. One of our primary topics will be the relation of form to content. How do these poems work? In what ways do literary forms shape what they present---and, at the same time, our responses to them? How has literature been affected by changes in society? What role does the speaking voice play in our understanding of poetry? How do various poems wish to be read? These are a few of the many questions we will address in our daily discussions.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Shorter Fifth Edition [Paperback]. Margaret Ferguson et al., eds.

·  ISBN-10: 0393979210

·  ISBN-13: 978-0393979213

Students will also be asked to view Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) later during the term.

Sample Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, John Keats, T.S. Eliot.

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes (number to be determined) 30%; First Examination 35%; Second Examination 35%.

E 316L • British Literature

34155-34200 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WCH 1.120

E 316L  l  British Literature

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  34155-34200

Semester:  Spring 2015

Cross-lists:  n/a

Prerequisites: One of the following: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.

Description: Literature and Culture --

This course takes up some of the finest literature written in the English language. Beginning with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and making our way through various works by Shakespeare, Austen, and T.S. Eliot, among others, we will follow out the rich narrative of British literary history as it unfolded from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Literary form and its relation to meaning will provide us with a special focus, as will the changing relations between authors and readers. We will also be attuned to the ways in which these literary works challenge us as both readers and citizens.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors, 9th edition, vols. A and B; Shakespeare, Hamlet; Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Alfred Hitchcock (dir.), North by Northwest.

Sample Authors:  Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, Jane Austen.

Requirements & Grading: Discussion Section attendance, participation, short assignments: 20%; Test One (regular semester): 20%; Test Two (regular semester): 20%; Cumulative Final Exam (administered at officially scheduled time during the final examination period): 40%.

E 316L • British Literature

35155-35200 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WCH 1.120

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  35155-35200

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  Global Cultures

Prerequisites: One of the following: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.

Description: Literature and Culture --

This course takes up some of the finest literature written in the English language. Beginning with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and making our way through various works by Shakespeare, Austen, and T.S. Eliot, among others, we will follow out the rich narrative of British literary history as it unfolded from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Literary form and its relation to meaning will provide us with a special focus, as will the changing relations between authors and readers. We will also be attuned to the ways in which these literary works challenge us as both readers and citizens.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors, 9th edition, vols. A and B; Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Alfred Hitchcock (dir.), North by Northwest.

Sample Authors:  Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, Jane Austen.

Requirements & Grading: Discussion Section attendance, participation, short assignments: 20%; Test One (regular semester): 20%; Test Two (regular semester): 20%; Cumulative Final Exam (administered at officially scheduled time during the final examination period): 40%.

E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays

35680 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 105

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  35680

Flags:  Global cultures

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This course will survey Shakespeare’s career as a playwright, emphasizing questions of literary form. What makes a play a comedy, a history, or a tragedy? Shakespeare himself recognized these distinctions; what differences might they have made in how he wrote his plays, and in how these plays work? To answer these questions, we will pay special attention to the “rules of the game,” noticing where Shakespeare followed them, and where he chose to depart from them. Our readings will include such plays as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, 1 Henry IV, and King Lear.

Recommended Text: The Riverside Shakespeare, ed. G. Blakemore Evans (either 1st or 2nd edition). However, you may use any scholarly edition of Shakespeare's works (in single-volume version or as separate paperbacks). Please check with the instructor if you have questions about the suitability of any editions.

Requirements & Grading (subject to change upon notice): There will be two examinations during the regular semester as well as a final examination administered at the officially scheduled time. Students may also be asked to submit short exercises on a regular basis. Provisional grading breakdown: first exam 20%; second exam 20%; final exam 40%; exercises 20%.

E S316K • Masterworks Of Lit: British

83365 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-10:00AM WAG 101

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  83365

Semester:  Summer 2014, second session

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  Global Cultures

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: This course seeks to introduce you to some of the best works of literature written in English. Concentrating on poetry, we will investigate the changing shapes of literary representation over the centuries. One of our primary topics will be the relation of form to content. How do these poems work? In what ways do literary forms shape what they present---and, at the same time, our responses to them? How has literature been affected by changes in society? What role does the speaking voice play in our understanding of poetry? How do various poems wish to be read? These are a few of the many questions we will address in our daily discussions.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Shorter Fifth Edition [Paperback]. Margaret Ferguson et al., eds.

·  ISBN-10: 0393979210

·  ISBN-13: 978-0393979213

Sample Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, John Keats, T.S. Eliot.

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes (number to be determined) 30%; First Examination 35%; Second Examination 35%.

E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: British

35535-35735 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WCH 1.120

Instructor:  Bruster, D

Unique #:  35535, 35540, & 35690-35735

Semester:  Spring 2014

Cross-lists:  n/a

Prerequisites: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A; and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: Literature and Culture --

This course takes up some of the finest literature written in the English language. Beginning with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and making our way through various works by Shakespeare, Austen, and T.S. Eliot, among others, we will follow out the rich narrative of British literary history as it unfolded from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Literary form and its relation to meaning will provide us with a special focus, as will the changing relations between authors and readers. We will also be attuned to the ways in which these literary works challenge us as both readers and citizens.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors, 9th edition, vols. A and B; Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Harold Pinter, The Homecoming.

Sample Authors:  Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, Jane Austen.

Requirements & Grading: Discussion Section attendance, participation, short assignments: 20%; Test One (regular semester): 20%; Test Two (regular semester): 20%; Cumulative Final Exam (administered at officially scheduled time during the final examination period): 40%.

E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: British

35335-35390 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM WCH 1.120

Instructor:  Bruster, D            Areas:  -- / B

Unique #:  35335-35390            Flags:  Global cultures

Semester:  Fall 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A; and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: Literature and Culture --

This course takes up some of the finest literature written in the English language. Beginning with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and making our way through various works by Shakespeare, Austen, and T.S. Eliot, among others, we will follow out the rich narrative of British literary history as it unfolded from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Literary form and its relation to meaning will provide us with a special focus, as will the changing relations between authors and readers. We will also be attuned to the ways in which these literary works challenge us as both readers and citizens.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th edition, vols. 1 and 2; William Shakespeare, King Lear (Arden, 3rd edition); Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Harold Pinter, The Homecoming.

Sample Authors:  Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, Jane Austen.

Requirements & Grading: Discussion Section attendance, participation, short assignments: 20%; Test One (regular semester): 20%; Test Two (regular semester): 20%; Cumulative Final Exam (administered at officially scheduled time during the final examination period): 40%.

E 392M • Shakespeare And New Aesthetics

36175 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM CAL 419

This seminar aims to introduce students to current discussion of Shakespeare’s works through an emergent form of aesthetics. Developments in the history of the book, phenomenology, the study of material culture, and the digital humanities have added new paradigms and questions to Shakespeare studies. Correspondingly, Shakespeare’s art no longer seems transcendent and ineffable, but is concretely figured through—and studied with the aid of—a variety of critical media and tools. Using case studies, this seminar will investigate (even as it defamiliarizes) the workings of such formal elements as character, plot, language, and genre.  By contextualizing his achievement within the larger field of cultural production, we will attempt to understand Shakespeare’s plays and poems as material objects that functioned within a marketplace of representations. Criticism may include works by Bruce Smith, Patricia Parker, Franco Moretti, Lukas Erne, Michael Witmore, and Bradin Cormack, among others.

E F316K • Masterworks Of Lit: British

83500 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-10:00AM CLA 1.104

Instructor:  Bruster, D            Areas:  -- / B

Unique #:  83500            Flags:  Global Cultures

Semester:  Summer 2013, first session            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: This course seeks to introduce you to some of the best works of literature written in English. Concentrating on poetry, we will investigate the changing shapes of literary representation over the centuries. One of our primary topics will be the relation of form to content. How do these poems work? In what ways do literary forms shape what they present---and, at the same time, our responses to them? How has literature been affected by changes in society? What role does the speaking voice play in our understanding of poetry? How do various poems wish to be read? These are a few of the many questions we will address in our daily discussions.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Shorter Fifth Edition [Paperback]. Margaret Ferguson et al., eds.

·  ISBN-10: 0393979210

·  ISBN-13: 978-0393979213

Sample Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, John Keats, T.S. Eliot.

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes (number to be determined) 30%; First Examination 35%; Second Examination 35%.

E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: British

35130-35175 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WCH 1.120

Instructor:  Bruster, D            Areas:  -- / B

Unique #:  35130-35175            Flags:  Global cultures

Semester:  Spring 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A; and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: Literature and Culture --

This course takes up some of the finest literature written in the English language. Beginning with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and making our way through various works by Shakespeare, Austen, and T.S. Eliot, among others, we will follow out the rich narrative of British literary history as it unfolded from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Literary form and its relation to meaning will provide us with a special focus, as will the changing relations between authors and readers. We will also be attuned to the ways in which these literary works challenge us as both readers and citizens.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th edition, vols. 1 and 2; William Shakespeare, King Lear (Arden, 3rd edition); Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Harold Pinter, The Homecoming.

Sample Authors:  Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, Jane Austen.

Requirements & Grading: Discussion Section attendance, participation, short assignments: 20%; Test One (regular semester): 20%; Test Two (regular semester): 20%; Cumulative Final Exam (administered at officially scheduled time during the final examination period): 40%.

E 379L • Contemporary Drama

35705 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM PAR 308

Instructor:  Bruster, D            Areas:  III / U

Unique #:  35705            Flags:  Writing

Semester:  Fall 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This course examines British and American plays written in the latter half of the twentieth century. Our reading may include A Streetcar Named Desire, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Homecoming, Look Back in Anger, Top Girls, Plenty, and Angels in America (Parts One and Two).

Requirements & Grading: Grades will be determined on the basis of three 6-7-page essays, two examinations, and class attendance and participation (measured in part by pop quizzes).

Three 6-7-page essays, 50%; Examinations, 30%; Attendance and participation, 20%.

E F316K • Masterworks Of Lit: British

83605 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-10:00AM WEL 1.308

Instructor:  Bruster, D            Areas:  n/a

Unique #:  83605            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Summer 2012, first session            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: This course seeks to introduce you to some of the best works of literature written in English. Concentrating on poetry, we will investigate the changing shapes of literary representation over the centuries. One of our primary topics will be the relation of form to content. How do these poems work? In what ways do literary forms shape what they present---and, at the same time, our responses to them? How has literature been affected by changes in society? What role does the speaking voice play in our understanding of poetry? How do various poems wish to be read? These are a few of the many questions we will address in our daily discussions.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Shorter Fifth Edition [Paperback]. Margaret Ferguson et al., eds.

·  ISBN-10: 0393979210

·  ISBN-13: 978-0393979213

Sample Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, John Keats, T.S. Eliot.

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes (number to be determined) 30%; First Examination 35%; Second Examination 35%.

E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: British

34995-35040 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM WCH 1.120

Instructor:  Bruster, D            Areas:  n/a

Unique #:  34995-35040            Flags:  Global cultures

Semester:  Spring 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: Literature and Culture --

This course takes up some of the finest literature written in the English language. Beginning with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and making our way through various works by Shakespeare, Austen, and T.S. Eliot, among others, we will follow out the rich narrative of British literary history as it unfolded from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Literary form and its relation to meaning will provide us with a special focus, as will the changing relations between authors and readers. We will also be attuned to the ways in which these literary works challenge us as both readers and citizens.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th edition, vols. 1 and 2; William Shakespeare, King Lear (Arden, 3rd edition); Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Harold Pinter, The Homecoming.

Sample Authors:  Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, Jane Austen.

Requirements & Grading: Discussion Section attendance, participation, short assignments: 20%; Test One (regular semester): 20%; Test Two (regular semester): 20%; Cumulative Final Exam (administered at officially scheduled time during the final examination period): 40%.

E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: British

34890-34935 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WCH 1.120

Prerequisites: Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: Literature and Culture --

This course takes up some of the finest literature written in the English language. Beginning with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and making our way through various works by Shakespeare, Austen, and T.S. Eliot, among others, we will follow out the rich narrative of British literary history as it unfolded from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Literary form and its relation to meaning will provide us with a special focus, as will the changing relations between authors and readers. We will also be attuned to the ways in which these literary works challenge us as both readers and citizens. 

Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th edition, vols. 1 and 2; William Shakespeare, King Lear (Arden, 3rd edition); Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Harold Pinter, The Homecoming.

Sample Authors:  Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, Jane Austen.

Requirements & Grading: Discussion Section attendance, participation, short assignments: 20%; Test One (regular semester): 20%; Test Two (regular semester): 20%; Cumulative Final Exam (administered at officially scheduled time during the final examination period): 40%.

E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays

35141 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 201

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing. 

Description: This course will survey Shakespeare’s career as a playwright, emphasizing questions of literary form. What makes a play a comedy, a history, or a tragedy? Shakespeare himself recognized these distinctions; what differences might they have made in how he wrote his plays, and in how these plays work? To answer these questions, we will pay special attention to the “rules of the game,” noticing where Shakespeare followed them, and where he chose to depart from them. Our readings will include such plays as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, 1 Henry IV, and King Lear

Recommended Text: The Riverside Shakespeare, ed. G. Blakemore Evans (either 1st or 2nd edition). However, you may use any scholarly edition of Shakespeare's works (in single-volume version or as separate paperbacks). Please check with the instructor if you have questions about the suitability of any editions.

Requirements & Grading (subject to change upon notice): There will be two examinations during the regular semester as well as a final examination administered at the officially scheduled time. Students may also be asked to submit short exercises on a regular basis. Provisional grading breakdown: first exam 20%; second exam 20%; final exam 40%; exercises 20%.

E F316K • Masterworks Of Lit: British

83535 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-10:00AM WEL 1.308

Prerequisites: Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

 

Description: This course seeks to introduce you to some of the best works of literature written in English. Concentrating on poetry, we will investigate the changing shapes of literary representation over the centuries. One of our primary topics will be the relation of form to content. How do these poems work? In what ways do literary forms shape what they present---and, at the same time, our responses to them? How has literature been affected by changes in society? What role does the speaking voice play in our understanding of poetry? How do various poems wish to be read? These are a few of the many questions we will address in our daily discussions.

 

Texts: The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Shorter Fifth Edition [Paperback]. Margaret Ferguson et al., eds.

·  ISBN-10: 0393979210

·  ISBN-13: 978-0393979213

 

Sample Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare?, John Milton, John Keats, T.S. Eliot.

 

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes (number to be determined) 15%; First Examination 35%; Second Examination 35%; Participation 15%.

E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays

35385 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM PAR 304

May be counted toward the writing flag requirement.

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

Description: This course takes up Shakespeare’s best plays, examining them in terms of genre, or literary kind.  We will focus on what makes a tragedy a tragedy, a comedy a comedy, and a history play a history play.  Our texts may include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, 1 Henry IV, and Henry V.

Grading and Requirements: There will be two examinations.  Attendance is required; all unexcused absences will count against the final grade.

Three 5-7-page papers will be required (one of which must be at least 6 pages in length), for a minimum of 16 pages of writing.  This is a substantial writing component course, and at least 50% of the final grade will come from assigned papers.

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

E 392M • Introduction To Shakespeare

35060 • Fall 2010
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:30PM HRC 2.214

This seminar will introduce students to current and potential avenues for research in Shakespeare studies. We will focus primarily on what has been called a new “historical formalism.” Responding to a sense that the new historicism of the last century shortchanged the present as well as the past in overlooking the material dimensions of the aesthetic text—what makes literature literature—a cutting-edge formalism has worked to energize our understanding of Shakespeare’s plays and poems. Such critics as Tiffany Stern, Patrick Cheney, Patricia Parker, and Lukas Erne, among others, have given us new ways of viewing seemingly familiar texts by attending to the historical, material, and social dimensions of the literary in early modern England. Some of the questions this newer formalism has attended to are the following:

• What status should we accord the material dimensions of Shakespeare’s first publications?
• How best to conceive of form’s relation to questions of gender, sexuality, power, and identity?
• What role did the market for performances, playbooks, and printed verse have in Shakespeare’s career?
• Indeed, given our new paradigms of Shakespeare as both courtly maker and theatrical journeyman, how should we describe his literary professionalism?
• How did those in early modern England process Shakespeare’s verse and prose?
• What language should we use—that of literary criticism, or neuroscience—to frame the habits of thought that shaped Shakespeare’s works, and their contemporary reception?

Requirements

Our conversations about such works as Venus and Adonis, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, and The Tempest will try to answer these and other questions even as they lead to research papers on topics of the seminar members’ choosing. In addition to making individual presentations on critical readings, students will learn the basics of conducting research in the exciting, somewhat intimidating field of Shakespeare studies. We will learn and utilize such databases as the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online, Early English Books Online, the English Short Title Catalogue, and Literature Online. At least one seminar meeting will be devoted to exploring the HRC’s archival holdings of early modern texts, and of Shakespearean materials from the 18th century to the present day.

 

E S321 • Shakespeare: Sel Plays-Eng

83260 • Summer 2010

E 379M (Topic 3: Shakespeare in Performance) may not also be counted.

Course Description: This course examines Shakespeare's achievement by looking at his plays in their theatrical and historical settings. We will read As You Like It, 1 Henry IV, 2 Henry IV, and The Winter’s Tale, with the possibility of other plays. Because Shakespeare appears to have been thinking about readers and audience members when he composed his dramas, we will focus on these works--two comedies and two histories--by examining them both as literary documents (that is, as things to be read) and as performance pieces (things unfolded in production). Through guided discussion in our classroom, we will seek to understand the "rules of the game" for Shakespearean comedy and history. What conventions did he inherit for the writing of each genre? Which rules did he follow? Which did he break? What kind of overlap might we detect between the otherwise diverse "worlds" of these two genres? That is, what remains "Shakespearean" about his plays once we account for their genre? In addition to reading and discussing the play texts, we will travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and to London to see productions of these four plays by professional actors. We will take such productions as interpretations of the texts--arguments, that is, about what and how Shakespeare's words, stories, and characters mean.

Grading: Grading: Students will be required to keep a critical journal while in residence at Oxford. This journal will be the venue for both informal and formal writing--the latter in response to assigned questions and/or exercises. Students are also required to attend class and the featured productions. Grades will be determined as follows: Written work = 60%; Class participation (measured in part on quality of contributions) = 40%.

Prerequisites: A) Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test. B) English 316K, 603B, Comparative Literature 315, or Tutorial Course 603B. C) Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

For more information, please download the full syllabus.

E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: English

34690-34745 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WCH 1.120

E316K: Masterworks of Lit: English Literature and Culture

Professor Bruster
Unique #s: 34690, 34695, 34700. 34705, 34710. 34715, 34720, 34725, 34730, 34735, 34740, 34745

 

Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.

 

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