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Book Club for Adventurous Readers: The Shakespeare Stealer
English Literature: The Life, Times & Sonnets of William Shakespeare II
In this English literature course, we will explore the life, times, and sonnets of the renowned bard, William Shakespeare. In short, we will analyze, interpret, and discuss the form, literary elements, and theme of a selected masterpiece.
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"You live in this and dwell in lover's eyes," contends the persona of Sonnet #55. In this one-time course not only will we explore a philosophical question about immortality, but we will also examine the basic elements of a Shakespearean sonnet, including, but not limited to, its structure, literary techniques, and theme. Through our examination of this poem, learners will gain an appreciation for Shakespeare's language, poetic style, and insight into the human condition. This introductory...
The course learning objectives are as follows: 1) to foster an appreciation for Shakespeare's poetry as a tool for shedding light on the human condition; 2) to provide insight into some universal truths; 3) to facilitate the identification, comprehension of, and appreciation for literary techniques; and 4) to ensure the development of reading comprehension, critical thinking, analysis, interpretation, and communication skills in relation to literature.
An alumna of the University of Michigan, I am a former award-winning English professor, who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature & Language. Moreover, I have extensive experience teaching a wide variety of literature courses, including a Shakespeare course, to college and university students, some of whom are as young as 15. Lastly, I have had the pleasure of presenting papers on Shakespeare's works and that of other major literary figures at international conferences in the United Kingdom and Canada, as well.
Homework will not be assigned for this course. However, learners are expected to gain access to, to read, and to reference the selected sonnet (#55), prior to and during the class session. More importantly, learners will be invited to raise any questions and/or share their own thoughts about this work, following the conclusion of any lecture/presentation. Learners will be encouraged, if not expected, to participate in the "roundtable," Socratic-style discussion.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
In this particular section (of the one-time course series) on Shakespeare's sonnets, we will examine sonnet number 55, which can be accessed by using the link below under "External Resources."
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Passionate. Dedicated. Knowledgeable. These are just a few of the adjectives that students have used to describe me, as an educator. With extensive experience teaching a variety of English courses in academia, I'm the proud triple recipient of...