Materials Required for the Course:

The following books are all available at the Penn Book Center (34th and Sansom).  You should also be able to find them online, but it is important that you buy these specific editions (Publisher/Edition name in parentheses):

William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus (Pelican)
William Shakespeare, Richard III (Pelican)
Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (Penguin)
Three Early Modern Utopias (Oxford)
Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus (Hackett)

There will also be a coursepack for this class, which you can purchase at the IKON copy center in Levine Hall

Requirements and Grading

The requirements for this class fall into three categories: Attendance, Preparation and Participation, and Written Work.

Attendance, Preparation, and Participation:

I expect to combine lecture with active participation from all members of the class.  You should read all of the assigned texts at least once before the corresponding class meeting, and come to class ready to participate in our discussions.  Missing several classes will adversely affect your grade.  You should also make an effort to be on time for class; expect habitual tardiness to be counted in your final grade.
Written Work:

Essays—You will write two 3-5 page papers over the course of the semester.  I will provide specific instructions for these assignments in advance of their due dates.

Exams—There will be a mid-term exam and a cumulative final exam.  Each will consist of short-answer responses and essays.


Your final grade will be based on the following percentages:

Attendance, Preparation and participation as follows:

-Class Participation        10%  

Written work, distributed as follows:

-Essay 1                           15%  
-Essay 2                           20%
-Mid-Term Exam             25%
-Final Exam                    30%

Please Note:

If you miss an exam, you may not make it up (unless you have made arrangements with me before the exam date).

Late papers will be downgraded 3 points for each day they are late.