Shakespeare, Body & Soul

TESC spring quarter 2004, Mondays & Wednesdays 6 to 9:30 p.m.PLUS theatre field trip Sunday April 25th
8 quarter hour credits; Class meets in Seminar II bldg. Room E1105

Faculty: Marla Beth Elliott


class schedule


book & video list

theatre field trip info

portfolio requirements

writing assignments

performance assignments

faculty contact info

text analysis tools



updated 6-3-04

Welcome to the home page for Shakespeare, Body & Soul! Watch this space for news and announcements!

Jen's friend's photos from our performance are here.

Marla's photos from our performance are here.

Sonnet site:That web site for the Shakespeare sonnets that everyone seems so fond of is:

Analysis tools: from our sonnet analysis workshop. see menu bar at right.

The Dirty Parts: Eric Partidge's Shakespeare's Bawdy is available in the reference section of the TESC library, so you can look up the naughty bits to your heart's content when on campus.

Program Description:

Students in Shakespeare Body & Soul interpreted their own lives through Shakespeare's works, and interpreted Shakespeare's works through their own experiences, voices, and bodies. They studied the history and social context of Shakespeare's time and critically examined modern interpretations of Shakespeare's works. Our writing assignments called on students to find resonant themes from Shakespeare's works in their own lives, and to tell stories that connected the two. Each student analyzed, memorized, and performed a sonnet using tools from Linklater's Freeing Shakespeare's Voice and Barton's video series Playing Shakespeare. Students experienced the powerful intimacy of Shakespeare's narrative poems Venus and Adonis and Lucrece, as well as reading Henry V, the Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the sonnets. As a final project, the class presented an outdoor staged reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream framed by our campus architecture and landscaping.

Credit Equivalencies:

2 qh Writing
3 qh Interpretation of Dramatic Literature
3 qh Communications