||This course will focus on a selection of works from the
first half of Shakespeare's literary career (approx. 1592-1599). We will
approach the texts in a variety of ways: (1) close analysis and explication
of individual works: (2) discussion of a text as an example of one of the
four major genres--poetry, comedy, tragedy, and history--that Shakespere was primarily
working in during this period; (3) focus on the work's relationship to contemporary
Elizabethan social, political, economic, and religious issues.