Course Information: Shakespeare II: Histories and
Tragedies (English 324) - Cornell College
Professor Katy Stavreva and Consulting Librarian Michelle
The course consists largely of English and/or Theatre majors.
Many of these students are juniors or seniors. The course
focuses on five of Shakespeare's histories and tragedies and
involves language, literary, and performance analysis.
| Type: Paper
Block Plan Context:
Description of Assignment:
The assignment focuses specifically on the language used
by Shakespeare in his plays. Students choose a pre-selected
word or combination of cognate words and use the Oxford
English Dictionary to trace the meaning of the words back
to 16th-17th century England. Students then use a Shakespeare
concordance to search for the occurrences of their chosen
words within a particular play. Using the results of both
searches, students discuss local variations in the usage of
these words and pose questions about what the words may indicate
about the culture of the time. Subsequent formal assignments
invite students to apply the information literacy skills of
investigating historical language, targeted in this assignment.