Shakespeare: The Major Plays

A course designed for graduate students in English at the University of Central Oklahoma. Plays are paired with diverse and inclusive critical perspectives, contemporary plays by other playwrights, modern adaptations, and global perspectives. Students offer responses to each play in seminar meetings, while engaging in intensive scholarly work to produce a literature review and seminar paper. 

Introduction to Shakespeare

A course designed for senior English majors at the University of Arkansas. Course texts included Richard II1 Henry IV2 Henry IVCoriolanusMacbethAntony and CleopatraThe TempestA Midsummer Night's DreamThe Winter's Tale, and a selection of poetry and key speeches. The course covered critical perspectives on Mondays, global Shakespeares on Wednesdays, and adaptation and performance on Fridays. Students produced one presentation on a play not covered in class, three response papers, and a final critical, researched paper. 

In on the Joke: Our Shakespearean World

A course designed for freshman students at the University of Arkansas. Course texts included The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and The Revenger's Tragedy, as well as The Serpent of Venice and accompanying film adaptations. Students produced two short papers focused on transferable writing skills, regular journal entries, a midterm collaborative wiki, and a researched multimedia project.

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Written 'Round: The Literature of Henrician England

A course designed for freshman students at the University of Arkansas. Course texts included Bring Up the Bodies; Henry VIII: The King and his Court; selections from Erasmus, Barclay, More, and Henry VIII; and essays by Peter C. Herman and Gerard Wegemer. Students produced multimedia journals, two short papers, and a cumulative research project applying New Historicist principles.

See the presentation notes from the resulting IRB-approved research, including samples of student work, here:

(De)Composition II: Zombies, Consumerism, and the Decay of the Individual

A course designed for freshman students at the University of Arkansas. Course texts included World War Z, Aim for the Head, Romero's films, and works by Octavia Butler, Tim O'Brien, Wilfred Owen, and Wislawa Szymborska. Students produced semester-long journals, engaged in regular online discussion, and wrote four papers focused on honing transferable analytical and rhetorical skills.

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