ENGL 3306 — Shakespeare: Major Works

Dr. Mark Womack Fall 2015
Roy Cullen 235B
Office Hours:
Sat 12:00-1:00 (& by appointment)

Time Room Section
Sat 9:00–12:00 Agnes Arnold Hall 201 #28006

Required Text

The Complete Pelican Shakespeare
Stephen Orgel & A. R. Braunmuller, et al eds.

NB: You will need a fully annotated one-volume Shakespeare for this class. I recommend The Complete Pelican Shakespeare, but you may substitute another edition with my approval. If your edition doesn’t have adequate footnotes, I won’t approve it. Editions that do meet my approval include: William Shakespeare: Complete Works (Modern Library), The Norton Shakespeare, The Riverside Shakespeare, or The Complete Works of Shakespeare (edited by David Bevington).

See Textbooks.

Course Policies


You should attend all of every class. Be in class on time with your reading done and your text in hand. I don’t take roll, but I don’t take kindly to students who skip class or arrive late either. It is your responsibility to find out, from your classmates, what you missed when you are not in class.


You will write two Essays that focus on reading Shakespeare’s language closely. The Final Exam will be a Performance Project with groups of students performing five minute scenes. Assignments not submitted on time will not receive grades. I never assign extra credit or make-up work. I discuss grades only in private, and only forty-eight hours (at least) after I have returned an assignment.


I will frequently give a 5 minute pop quiz on the day’s reading assignment; if you miss that 5 minutes of a class, you miss that quiz. Missed quizzes cannot be made up for any reason whatsoever. When calculating your Quiz Average, I will drop your 2 lowest quiz scores.

Cell Phones

You may not use cell phones in class. Keep your cell phone turned off and out of sight from the moment the class starts until the moment it ends. Every time I see or hear your cell phone during class, I will deduct ten points from your Final Average. (Notify me before class begins if there is an emergency situation that absolutely requires you to leave your cell phone on.)

Laptops & Tablets

You may use your laptop or tablet computer only for taking notes, accessing the class website, or other specifically class-related work. If you use it to IM, e-mail, play games, shop, or any other such activity during class, you lose ten points from your Final Average and forfeit your right to bring the device to class for the rest of the semester.

Blackboard Learn

You will submit your Essays on-line through Blackboard Learn:

Class Website

I will make all course materials — including the syllabus, assignment sheets, handouts, and so on — available on the class website:

Course Grade
Quiz Average 25%
Essay 1 25%
Essay 2 25%
Performance Project 25%

Numerical Values of Letter Grades
A+ (100–97) A (96–93) A- (92–90)
B+ (89–87) B (86–83) B- (82–80)
C+ (79–77) C (76–73) C- (72–70)
D (69–60)
F (59–0)

Schedule of Readings & Assignments

Week Date Topics & Assignments
ONE 8/29 Review of policies, syllabus, and assignments.
TWO 9/5 The Taming of the Shrew
THREE 9/12 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1.1–3.1
FOUR 9/19 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 3.2–5.1
FIVE 9/26 Twelfth Night or What You Will, acts 1 & 2
SIX 10/3 Twelfth Night or What You Will, acts 3–5
SEVEN 10/10 King Lear, acts 1 & 2
10/12 Essay 1 Due
EIGHT 10/17 King Lear, acts 3 & 4
NINE 10/24 King Lear, act 5
10/30 Last day to drop a course or withdraw with a “W.”
TEN 10/31 Macbeth, act 1
ELEVEN 11/7 Macbeth, acts 2 & 3
TWELVE 11/14 Macbeth, acts 4 & 5
THIRTEEN 11/21 The Winter’s Tale, acts 1–3
11/23 Essay 2 Due
FIFTEEN 12/5 The Winter’s Tale, acts 4 & 5
12/12 Performance Projects

Your instructor, Mark Womack, reserves the right to amend any policies listed here with sufficient written and verbal notice.

Page Last Updated: 14 August 2015