Oxford Rotating Schedule for Shakespeare Tutorials                                                                                          
  
                              SHAKESPEARE'S HISTORIES:
                                     Chivalry in Shakespeare

                                                           2011-2012

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First Semester:    The Major Tetralogy (covering the period from 1398-1420):
               Richard II (New Folger Library/Mass Market, 1996);
               Henry IV, Part 1 (New Folger Library/Mass Market, 1994);
***This book is currently listed as
                 out-of-print; however, amazon.com offers a wide selection of used and "like-new" copies of
                 the same text;

               Henry IV, Part 2 (New Folger Library/Mass Market, 1999); and
               Henry V (New Folger Library/Mass Market, 1995);
***This book is currently listed as out-of-print;
                 however, amazon.com offers a wide selection of used and "like-new" copies of the same text;


Second semester:  The Minor Tetralogy (covering the period from 1422-1485):   
               The first three plays are available in a single, economical volume under the title:
               Henry VI, Parts 1-3 (Penguin/Mass Market, 1989). 
                Richard III is available in a separate Penguin Edition (Penguin, 2000; ISBN: 0140714839). 

Any and all of these books may be examined and/or purchased now online for a discount of 20-30%.  Simply click on the blue title above for a direct link to Amazon.com.  For those who may have qualms about using amazon.com or other online booksellers, please allow me to reassure you.  I have purchased literally hundreds of books through amazon (new & used) and other online booksellers over the past eight years, and I am 100% pleased with their service.  I have never experienced a single snag.  However, if you prefer, you may want to check out your local used bookstores instead. 

                              THE BEST OF THE BARD
                            Seven Plays & All the Sonnets
                                                     2012-2013

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First Semester: * Midsummer Night's Dream, in Four Comedies, reprint ed. (Penguin USA, 1995; ISBN 0140434542); *  Romeo & Juliet, ed. Peter Holland (Penguin USA, 2000; ISBN 0140714847); * Twelfth Night, in Four Comedies, reprint ed. (Penguin US, 1995; ISBN 0140434542) [This is the same edition used for Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It]; King Lear, in edited by S. Barnet, in * Four Great Tragedies (Mass Market, 1998; ISBN  0451527291) [This is the same edition used for Hamlet and Macbeth in Shakespeare I].

Second semester:  * As You Like It, in Four Comedies, reprint ed. (Penguin USA, 1995; ISBN 0140434542); * Othello, in Four Great Tragedies (Mass Market, 1998; ISBN  0451527291) [This is the same edition used for Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear]; * The Tempest, ed. Alfred Harbage and Northrup Frye, reprint ed. (Penguin USA, 1989; ISBN 0140714154): NOTE: This version of the Tempest is currently out of print but still available "used and new" through Amazon associates; * The Sonnets and a Lover's Complaint (New Penguin Shakespeare), ed. John Kerrigan (Viking Press, 1999; ISBN 0140436847).  Any and all of these books may be examined and/or purchased now online for a discount of 20-30%.  Simply click on the blue title above for a direct link to Amazon.com.


                                EIGHT GREAT PLAYS:
                         Four Tragedies & Four Comedies
                                      
2013-2014

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First semester: * Measure for Measure, Oxford World's Classics, edited by N.W. Bawcutt  (Oxford Univ Press, 1998: ISBN-10: 0192834223; ISBN-13: 978-0192834225); Macbeth, edited by S. Barnet, in * Four Great Tragedies (Mass Market/ Signet Classics, 1998: ISBN-10: 0451527291; ISBN-13: 978-0451527295); * Much Ado About Nothing: [NOTE: "Used" and "Like new" copies available from Amazon.com Associates] edited by R. A. Foakes and T. J. Spencer (Viking Press/ Penguin Classics, 1981: ISBN-10: 0140707093; ISBN-13: 978-0140707090); and * Julius Caesar (Penguin Classics, Repr. ed., 1960: ISBN-10: 0140714227;  ISBN-13: 978-0140714227) where available, or Julius Caesar (Folger Library; Wa. Square Press, 2004: ISBN-10: 0743482743;  ISBN-13: 978-0743482745).

Second semester:  * Taming of the Shrew (Penguin Classics, Repr. ed., 1964: ISBN-10: 0140714251; ISBN-13: 0140714258) where available, or Taming of the Shrew (Folger Library; Wa. Square Press, 2004: ISBN-10: 074347757X;  ISBN-13: 978-0743477574); Hamlet, edited by S. Barnet in * Four Great Tragedies [This is the same edition used for Macbeth in the first semester] (Mass Market/ Signet Classics, 1998: ISBN-10: 0451527291; ISBN-13: 978-0451527295); * Merchant of Venice, edited by K. Myrick (Signet Classics, 1998: ISBN-10: 0451526805; ISBN-13: 978-0451526809); and * Coriolanus (Penguin/Signet, 1966: ISBN-10: 0451522966; ISBN-13: 978-0451522962) where available, or Coriolanus (Pelican/Penguin Books, 1999; ISBN-10: 0140714731; ISBN-13: 978-0140714739).

A commentary used by the tutor in this class and recommended for students is: # Brightest of Heaven of Invention by Peter Leithart (Canon Press, 1996; ISBN-10:  1885767234; ISBN-13: 1885767233).  Another handy and economical resource recommended for students is # The Friendly Shakespeare: A Thoroughly Painless Guide to the Best of the Bard by Norrie Epstein (Penguin, Repr. ed., 1994: ISBN-10: 0140138862; ISBN-13: 978-0140138863).  Other aids for studying Shakespeare include the Cliffs Complete Study Editions of such works as: # Hamlet, edited by S. Lamb (ISBN 0822014165); # Julius Caesar, edited by S. Lamb (ISBN 082201419X);  # Macbeth, edited by S. Lamb (ISBN 08220114280); and # Merchant of Venice (ISBN 0822014319).  There are also the standard editions of Cliffs Notes for many of Shakespeare's plays, including: # Julius Caesar Notes, edited by James Vickers (ISBN 0822000202); # Much Ado About Nothing: Notes, edited by Denis Calandra and Salibelle Royster (ISBN 0822000601); and The Taming of the Shrew, edited by L.L. Hillegass (ISBN 0822000814).  Any and all of these books may be examined and/or purchased now online for a discount of 20-30%.  Simply click on the blue title above for a direct link to Amazon.com.