Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Shakespeare Syllabus — Spring 2024

English 205 / Humanities 205
Section 01 [H]
Spring 2024
SLN 04617 / 10958 — 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 8 — Introductions and Images.
Read the Course Description,
this advice from former students on How to Study, and my own Work Tips.
January 10 — The Taming of the Shrew, Induction & Act I.
January 12 — The Taming of the Shrew, Act II.

[January 15 — Holiday, and about time!]
January 17 — The Taming of the Shrew, Act III.
January 19 — The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV.

January 22 — The Taming of the Shrew, Act V.
January 24 — The Shakespeare Authorship Question.
January 26 — Oxford.

January 29 — Julius Caesar, Act I.
January 31 — Julius Caesar, Act II.
February 2 — Julius Caesar, Act III.

February 5 — Julius Caesar, Acts IV & V.
February 7 — The Complete Histories in 50 minutes.
February 9 — Music & “Thule, the Period of Cosmography.”

February 12 — A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I+.
February 14 — A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Acts II & III.
[February 16 — No Class.]

[February 19 — St. Nixon Holy Day.]
February 21 — A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Acts IV & V.
February 23 — Writing Advice.

February 26 — Perspective Art, An Enigma, Review.
February 28 — Midterm Exam & Essay. [Zoom.]
March 1 — Lucrece.

March 4 — Hamlet, Act I.
March 6 — Hamlet, Act II.
March 8 — Office Hour.

[March 11 – 15 — Spring Break.]

March 18 — Math Constants, Egyptology, and The Shakespeare Heist.
March 20 — Hamlet, Act III.
March 22 — Hamlet, Act IV.

March 25 — Hamlet, Act V.
March 27 — As You Like It, Acts I & II. [Zoom.]
March 29 — As You Like It, Act III.

April 1 — As You Like It, Act IV.
April 3 — As You Like It, Act V.
[April 5 — Conference.]

April 8 — Much Ado About Nothing, Acts I & II.
April 10 — Much Ado About Nothing, Acts II & III.
April 12 — Much Ado About Nothing, Acts III & IV. [Zoom.]

April 15 — Much Ado About Nothing, Act V.
April 17 — Review. [Zoom.]
April 19 — End-of-Semester Exam. [Remote.]

April 22 — Wrap-Up Extra-Credit Shakespeare Games 2024.
April 24 — Extra Shakespeare.
April 26 — The rest is silence.