Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


English 298. Experimental Courses

Summer 2014

Intermediate Writing: On Not Picking a Side: Addressing Ambivalence and Doubt

This course will focus on responding to issues for which there are no clear-cut answers in order to allow uncertainty and even digression to become a substantial part of the development of an academic essay. In other words, students will be encouraged to take intellectual risks during the drafting process. Prerequisite: English 101. Open to all majors. Requirements: Daily writing, selected readings (Lopate, Woolf, Didion, McPhee and more), two short essays, and a final longer paper that will include research. The course structure will include discussion, peer review and a full class workshop.

Shakespeare: Poet, Playwright, Player

We’ll devote the first classes to selected sonnets and lexical research, examining how Shakespeare innovates the poetic form. Then we’ll study 7 plays (Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Hamlet, King Lear and The Tempest) and act out selected scenes. Extra cultural texts will be read to enrich our understanding of the theatre business and daily culture in Elizabethan/Jacobean England. Two memorization/recitation assignments, two 5-7 page papers, select short writing exercises, and a final exam will deepen our understanding of Shakespeare’s achievement. Film productions will allow us to understand how a play becomes a new text each time it is produced. An additional, longer research paper and written comparison (and leading class discussion) of two film/play productions will enable those who wish to get 300-level credit to do so. If possible we will attend a Shakespeare performance together, depending on availability of live performance during our course.