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Bachelor 2016/2017

Shakespeare's Text Analysis

Area of studies: Fundamental and Applied Linguistics
Delivered by: School of Linguistics
When: 1 year, 3, 4 module
Language: English
ECTS credits: 2

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Students enrolled in the research seminar Shakespeare Texts Analysis requires four types of activities in which all the participants are to be involved: - Reading and analysing the phonetics of the text of one play by William Shakespeare chosen by voting; - Rehearsing the shortened version of the play and performing it in public; - Choosing a topic for comparative or textological analysis of the play with the help of computer methods; - Presentation of the results of the analysis.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to familiarize students with the key aspects of English phonetics using Shakespeare plays as the materials
  • to familiarize students with specific computer tools applied to text analysis
  • to give students a chance to try themselves in performing on stage
  • to improve students’ skills of applying computer tools to solve linguistic problems
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • understands the principles of the structure of a Renaissance play in Britain
  • understands the main linguistic and cultural conventions in Shakespeare’s language
  • is able to read a piece of text from a Shakespeare’s play on stage
  • is able to make empirical observations and theoretical generalizations after getting results of computer tools applied to English texts
  • is able to present the results of their research
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to the course. What will be in focus in the play
  • Phonetic regularities in Shakespearean text
  • The structure of the chosen play, interplay of characters
  • Rehearsing the main scenes
  • Rehearsing in groups
  • Dress rehearsal
  • Distribution of the research directions and setting up plans for using the computer tools
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking exam (presentation)
  • non-blocking research results
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.5 * exam (presentation) + 0.5 * research results
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Aughterson, K. (2013). Shakespeare: The Late Plays. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1523228
  • McEvoy, S. (2012). Shakespeare: The Basics (Vol. 3rd ed). New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=605473

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Ros King. (2011). Shakespeare : A Beginner’s Guide. [N.p.]: Oneworld Publications. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2285593