Fall 2018 - ENGL 313 J100

Late Shakespeare (4)

Class Number: 4639

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    HCC 1510, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2018
    12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Ronda Arab
    Office Hours: Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm & by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.



A study of the works of Shakespeare performed after 1600. Students may take both ENGL 311 and 313 for credit towards the English major. Students with credit for ENGL 312 may not take this course for further credit without permission of the department.


Over the course of a semester, we will study plays from Shakespeare’s later work, primarily tragedies, but also one romance and one problem comedy. We will engage in a great deal of close reading but will also consider the significance of history, both to contextualize our close reading and to attempt to understand the modern perspectives we bring to the texts.Though we may find much truth and beauty in Shakespeare, we won’t study his plays as a repository of “universal truths” untouched by his moment in history and our perspective in time. Rather, considering how Shakespeare’s plays engage in the historical practices, ideologies, and cultures of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, we’ll explore questions surrounding topics such as family relations, gender roles, social status, revenge, rulership, religion, and magic.


The objective of this class is for students to learn to critically engage, most specifically, with texts and performances of Shakespeare’s plays, and more broadly, with any other cultural artefacts of past and present you may encounter.


  • reading quizzes 20%
  • attendance 5%
  • short paper #1 25%
  • short paper #2 25%
  • final exam 25%



Greenblatt, Stephen, et. al., Eds. Norton Shakespeare, Volume Two: Later Plays. New York: W.W. Norton, 2015 (Third Edition)


Reading (subject to change):
Antony & Cleopatra
Measure for Measure
The Tempest

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

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- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
- When choosing your schedule, remember to check "Show lab/tutorial sections" to see all Lecture/Seminar/Tutorial times required.

Registrar Notes:

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