Shakespeare Intensive: As You Like It
On-Line for Summer 2020
Teacher: Sarah Richman
Shakespeare Play Intensive: As You Like It
In this course we will perform a close reading of Shakespeare's As You Like It and contextualize the play within Shakespeare’s world and modern receptions of it. Students will come to a fuller understanding of the play, and through it Shakespeare, with the objective of playing with the ideas and finding pleasure in reading Shakespeare. This course is ideal for students with prior experience in high school level English who enjoy close reading and hands on approaches to literature, but no prior experience with Shakespeare is necessary; the course is designed to give an introduction to reading the Bard of Avon.
- Students will explore Shakespeare’s context in terms of dramaturgy, the pastoral convention, courtly love dynamics, and the late Elizabethan
- Students will comprehend basic features of early modern English, including use of thee/thou pronouns and original pronunciation
- Students will identify and interpret Shakespeare’s meter, prose, rhyme, imagery and other poetic devices
- Students will perform Shakespeare, both scripted and with a short (roughly 10 lines) memorized passage
- Students will discuss the major themes of As You Like It, including romantic love, family dynamics, city versus country, gender roles, pairing or doubling, and performance.
Activities will include daily readings, memorization of a brief passage of the student’s choice, in-class dramatization via video chat, asynchronous discussion questions, film viewings, and ‘Shakespeare’s world’ in character interactions.
This course runs for three weeks from July 27th to August 14th. Most of the course will be asynchronous with some synchronous meetings for in-class events at times to be determined. No application is required to take this course and course tuition is $120.
About the teacher:
Sarah Richman has loved Shakespeare since she was very small. After earning a 5 in AP Literature in 10th grade, she went on to take multiple upper-level university Shakespeare and Early Modern courses while still in high school, and also served as a TA for AP English Literature and Composition through AP Homeschoolers. Sarah recently presented her research paper on early modern literature at the conference “Conjuring the Past” at Penn State University. She is an English and Economics Major at the College of William and Mary with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance studies.
This course will be supervised by AP Homeschoolers AP English teacher Maya Inspektor.
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