Shakespeare (English 44200), Professor Charles Ross downloads


Course Syllabus


Prompt for the First paper

Composition tips

4 increasingly exact thesis statements on freedom in The Tempest


Sample exam (character, passage identifications, essay)


The Tempest

Some notes on The Tempest

PowerPoint on The Tempest

Key Passages on The Tempest

Suggested readings on the issue of Colonialism:

·        The Tempest: A Case Study in Critical Controversy. Ed. Gerald Graff and James Phelan. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2000.

·        Greenblatt, “Learning to Curse: Aspects of Linguistic Colonialism in the Sixteenth Century” in First Images of America, ed. Fredi Chiappelli, 2 vols. (Los Angeles: U of California P), Vol. 2, 561-80.

·        Kastan, David Scott. “The Duke of Milan / And His Brave Son”: Old Histories and New in the The Tempest,” in Shakespeare After Theory (New York: Routledge, 1999).

·        Skura, Meredith Anne. “Discourse and the Individual: The Case of Colonialism in The Tempest. Shakespeare Quarterly 40 (Spring 1989) (available through THOR and JSTOR).


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

PowerPoint on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Key passages in A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Suggested reading on social justice (Shakespeare against the aristocrats):

  • Annabel Patterson, “Bottom’s Up: Festive Theory in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” In Renaissance Papers, 1989, or as a chapter in her book Shakespeare and the Popular Voice, or Google “Annabel Patterson midsummer night’s” and you can find a copy on line.


1 Henry IV

PowerPoint for 1, 2 Henry IV

Parallel scene actions in 1 Henry IV

Scene by scene summaries


2 Henry IV

Scene by scene summaries for 2 Henry IV.


Suggested reading:

An outline of “Invisible Bullets” (can’t find it for now)

  • Go watch the video on reserve in HICKS of 2 Henry IV and Chimes at Midnight.

Notes on Orson Welle’s Chimes at Midnight


Henry V