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Shakespeare - En 141 (Web)

Dr. Richard Regan

Summer 2012


Texts: Signet Classic editions of the plays listed below. These are wonderfully handy editions with clear notes, good introductions, bibliographies, and excellent short articles on the plays. They are available in the Fairfield U. bookstore. To order online go to and search for "Signet Classic Hamlet," or whatever title you want. Buy the single play editions to get the critical articles you will need. I'll ask you to include references to some of these critical articles as you write your papers on each play.

Students with documented learning disabilities, please see me. Alternative methods of testing and evaluation are available.

Modules - The course is arranged in six modules, one for each play. Before the course begins, let's practice exchanging documents written in Microsoft Word. I'll send you an email with a suggestion for writing, and you can attach your reply to an email. Word has a feature called Track Changes which we can use to write comments on papers (in color). Click here to download a document that contains some suggestions for writing in Word and for emailing papers as attachments.

The Taming of the Shrew
June 4
July 16
Richard III
June 11
July 23
A Midsummer Night's Dream
June 18
July 30
June 25
August 6
King Lear
July 2
August 13
The Winter's Tale
July 9
August 20

As you can see, we have about a week to work on each play. The course will be offered twice, from June 4 to July 13, and from July 16 to August 24.

Evaluations and grades: The main work of the course will be done through papers of about five (5) pages written on each play. Topics will be developed as we go. The papers should be original, but I would like to see some reference to the articles in the Signet editions and to the web sites I provide. Papers can be rewritten in response to my comments, and the rewrite grade will replace the original one.

We will also use group emails (sent Reply All) to have daily discussions, Monday through Friday. I will send an email each day with a prompting question or topic, and everyone will Reply All so that the whole class participates in an ongoing discussion. Our class may be divided into two groups ("Stratford" and "London") to make the discussions easier to follow. You can set up a folder in your email to hold these Reply All messages.

The main feature of the course is the online Class containing my presentation and streaming video links. The Class has a password, which I'll email to you. You must have a broadband internet connection to view the video clips, which are an integral part of the course we will refer to frequently. The video clips are also available through iTunes University and can be downloaded to iTunes on your computer (either PC or Mac). Instructions for viewing the video are found below, in blue print. The computer lab at the library entrance provides access to the video if you have difficulty with your personal computer. For assistance, email me: You must be able to view these clips.

Some fine Shakespeare productions can be viewed from this Library link:

Macbeth, with Anthony Sher
Measure for Measure, 2006 film
As You Like It, Globe Theater
Hamlet, with Kevin Kline
The Taming of the Shrew, American Conservatory Theater
King Lear, with James Earl Jones
Much Ado About Nothing, New York Shakespeare Festival

Powerpoint Slide Shows from Hardy Cook and the Shaksper archives

Shakespeare's Life

Shakespeare's Theater

Shakespeare's Texts

The Elizabethan World Picture

Theater related websites

Shakespeare's Globe Online

"The Elizabethan Theatre": a lecture with slides

Designing Shakespeare (home)

Designing Shakespeare (digital resources)

Royal Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare in Performance Institute Acting Exercises

Interactive Shakespeare Project

Shakespeare at Hampton Court

Touchstone: Shakespeare in Performance

Internet MetaSites for Shakespeare

Terry Gray's Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet


Encyclopaedia Britannica

Early Modern Literary Studies

Was Shakespeare Shakespeare? The Authorship Controversy

The Shakespeare Discussion List Archive

Shaksper Website

Teachers First

Polydore Vergil's Anglica Historica (1555)

Surfing with the Bard

Teaching Shakespeare: An Original Course and Teaching Resource


American Shakespeare Center

The ASC offers a number of different podcasts, including This Week at the Blackfriars, the Blackfriars Backstage Pass, the American Shakespeare Center Chronicles, and Doctor Ralph Reveals All.
You can find links to all of these podcasts at the American Shakespeare Center's Podcast Central; you can also subscribe to all ASC podcasts through the iTunes Music Store Podcast Directory, or through any number of web-based podcasting sites, including
Podcast Pickle.

American Shakespeare Podcast Central (Blackfriars Playhouse)

Mobile Phone Shakespeare

iTunes Store: Search <Shakespeare> for a free app for the iPhone with searchable text

Mobile Open Source Shakespeare


Introduction. These are some background sites you may find helpful, in addition to the two groups of links just above. The first link is to my chart on the comedies.

Theory of Comedy

Read the Works of Shakespeare at MIT

Open Source Shakespeare

Shakespeare Searched

The Internet Shakespeare Editions

RhymeZone Shakespeare Search Engine

Life in Elizabethan England

Shakespeare's Education

An Early Modern Chronology

Here are the instructions for viewing the Class pages and video clips. You'll need a password from Dr. Regan:

Streaming video is a part of the course because I've written classes to be interactive with excerpts from performances. You will need a broadband internet connection. Cable or DSL will work. Satellite is probably OK too. Dialup is too slow for video.

As you scroll down the course page, for each of the plays you will see a link called "Click." That will take you to the Class, and when you click on a video clip you will see a password box. The password will be given out in class, a security measure because the TEACH Act passed by Congress in 2002 allows only enrolled students to have access to copyrighted materials for educational purposes. Our method of streaming will open the clip on your computer in QuickTime, though if you are a Windows user RealPlayer may open it instead. QuickTime comes standard on Macs, and if you Windows users do not have it, you can download it (bundled with iTunes) from:

These video clips are also available from iTunes University, together with audio podcasts of our classes and some documents for each play. The clips can be expanded to full screen, and can also be viewed on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Documents can be viewed as .pdf files only in iTunes, but the audio and video files can be synched to your device. If you are on the class roster, you have access through:

Enter your NetID number as your user name. The password is your NetID password. This login will work as soon as the class begins.

If you are a Windows user, you can get iTunes free at: (scroll to the Windows links)

June 4 or July 16: The Taming of the Shrew

Read: the play and the Signet Introduction, and the articles by Mack, Greer, Bamber, and Slights

CLICK to go to the class on the play.

"Personations: The Taming of the Shrew..."

"'Caparisoned like the horse': Tongue and Tail in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew"

"A Shrew and The Shrew"

The Works of the Bard: including a SEARCH engine

Scanning Shakespeare's Lines

Shakespeare: Subject to Change (Cable in the Classroom) Click on "Link to Resource"

June 11 or July 23: Richard III

Read: the play and the Signet Introduction, and the articles by Rossiter and Kahn

CLICK to go to the class on the play.

Richard III Onstage and Off

Richard III Society Online Library

Thomas More's "The History of King Richard III"

"The Misogyny of Richard III..."

Polydore Vergil's account (1555)

June 18 or July 30: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Read: the play and the Signet Introduction, and the articles by Myers, Bamber, and Slights

CLICK to go to the class on the play.

"...Petrarch and Pyramus in the Woods of Athens"

"From the Ridiculous to the Sublime"

A Study Guide to A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Web and MOO

A Hypertext Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream

June 25 or August 6: Hamlet

Read: the play and the Signet Introduction, and the articles by Mack, Ornstein, Heilbrun, and Belsey

CLICK to go to the class on the play.

"A Romance of Electronic Scholarship"

"Shakespeare and the Public Discourse of Sovereignty: 'Reason of State' in Hamlet"

"Who Knows Who Knows Who’s There? An Epistemology of Hamlet (Or, What Happens in the Mousetrap)"

Enfolded Hamlet

"On Seeing Madame Bernhardt's Hamlet"

"Making Mother Matter: Repression, Revision, and the Stakes of 'Reading Psychoanalysis Into' Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet"

"Multiplicity of Meaning in the Last Moments of Hamlet

"Hamlet on the Ramparts (see "Films")

EnterText - Hamlet on Film

The Ophelia Page

"'Too Much in the Black Sun': Hamlet's First Soliloquy, A Kristevan View"

"An English Renaissance Understanding of the Word 'Tragedy'"

"Shakespeare and the Tragic Virtue"

July 2 or August 13: King Lear

Read: the Play and the Signet Introduction, and the articles by Mack, Bamber, and Brown

CLICK to go to the class on the play.

"Two Lears for TV"

"King Lear in its Own Time: The Difference That Death Makes"

"Faires and Gods: A Socio-Religious Context for King Lear

PBS Site on Ian McKellan's Lear

PBS Site on Ian Holm's Lear

"King Lear Beyond Reason: Love and Justice in the Family"

The Complete Text of Shakespeare's King Lear with Quarto and Folio Variations, Annotations, and Commentary

(see "Introductory notes on Tragedy" links)

A Hypertext Version of King Lear

July 9 or August 20: The Winter's Tale

Read: the Play and the Signet Introduction, and the articles by Tillyard, Knight, Neely, and Kahn


Dante's definition of allegory

CLICK to go to the class on the play.

Literary Romance

"Poetry vs. Plot in The Winter's Tale"

"Teaching the Late Plays as Family Romance"

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