Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Shakespeare Syllabus
Spring 2023

English 205 / Humanities 205
Section 01 [H]
Spring 2023
SLN 05711 / 10266 — 3 Credits — No Pre-Requisites
MWF 11:10 – 12:00 noon.
Thompson Hall 21

Shakespeare Syllabus

[We will often be reading plays selected by the class. So the syllabus will develop and change throughout the semester.]


January 9 — Introductions and Images.
Read the Course Description,
this advice from former students on How to Study, and my own Work Tips.
January 11 — The Taming of the Shrew, Act I.
January 13 — The Taming of the Shrew, Act II.

[January 16 — Holiday.]
January 18 — The Taming of the Shrew, Act III.
January 20 — The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV.

January 23 — The Taming of the Shrew, Act V.
January 25 — The Shakespeare Authorship Question.
January 27 — Oxford. [Zoom.]

January 30 — Videos [at home].
February 1 — Julius Caesar, Act I.
February 3 — Julius Caesar, Act II.

February 6 — Julius Caesar, Acts III.
February 8 — Julius Caesar, Acts IV & V.
February 10 — Music & “Thule, the Period of Cosmography.” [Zoom.]

February 13 — Anthony and Cleopatra, Act I.
February 15 — Anthony and Cleopatra, Act II.
February 17 — Anthony and Cleopatra, Act III & IV. [Zoom.]

[February 20 — St. Nixon Holy Day.]
February 22 — Anthony and Cleopatra, Acts IV & V.
February 24 — Writing Advice.

February 27 — Perspective Art, An Enigma, Review.
March 1 — Midterm Exam & Essay.
March 3 — Lucrece.

March 6 — The Merchant of Venice, Act I.
March 8 — The Merchant of Venice, Acts II & III.
March 10 — Office Hour.

[March 13 – 17 — Spring Break.]

March 20 — The Italian Job. [Zoom.]
March 22 — The Merchant of Venice, Act IV.
March 24 — The Merchant of Venice, Acts V. [Zoom.]

March 27 — The Tempest, Act I.
March 29 — The Tempest, Acts II & III.
March 31 — The Tempest, Acts III & IV. [Zoom.]

April 3 — The Tempest, Act V.
April 5 — More Shakespeare.
[April 7 — Conference.]

April 10 — Romeo and Juliet, Act I.
April 12 — Romeo and Juliet, Acts II & III.
April 14 — Romeo and Juliet, Acts III & IV. [Zoom.]

April 17 — Romeo and Juliet, Acts IV & V.
April 19 — Review. [Zoom.]
April 21 — End-of-Semester Exam. [Remote.]

April 24 — Wrap-Up Extra-Credit Shakespeare Games 2023.
April 26 — A Midsummer Night’s Dream condensed.
April 28 — The rest is silence.