Spring 2020 - ENGL 313 D100

Late Shakespeare (4)

Class Number: 1398

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 2200, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 24, 2020
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • 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.


Late Shakespeare: Tragedy and the Emotions

This course will treat four notable Shakespearean tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear. We will examine the decisions made by — and the decision making of — multiple central characters and protagonists, with respect to the things that help shape those decisions: namely, emotion, affect and motivation. We will pay careful attention to how rhetoric and persuasion, tied as they are to emotion, function in these plays. We will look not only at how characters persuade and manipulate each other, but also how they “work” on themselves -- via, for example, the stories they tell (what Freud calls object relations) -- to persuade themselves of something or to make a course of action more appealing, especially at crucial moments of decision making.

We may screen a film version of one or two of these four plays, if time permits.



Regular attendance and enthusiastic participation (20%)

Mid-term essay 5-7 pages (30%)

Final essay 5-7 pages due at end of term (30%)

Quiz (10%)

Collaborative seminar scene performance (10%)



Arden editions of the following plays: Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear.


Hamlet (revised second edition), eds. Thompson and Taylor, Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016
ISBN: 978-1472518385

Othello (revised edition), eds. Honigmann and Thompson, Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016.
ISBN: 978-1472571762

King Lear (3rd series), ed. Foakes, Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 1997.
ISBN: 978-1903436592

Macbeth, eds. Clark and Mason, Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2015.
ISBN: 978-1904271413

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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