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Building 460, Room 338
Phone: 650 723 1818
parker@stanford.edu

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Fall Quarter Th 5-7 & by appt.

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Patricia Parker

Margery Bailey Professor in English & Dramatic Literature
Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Patricia Parker received her M.A. in English at the University of Toronto and taught for three years in Tanzania, whose President Julius Nyerere also translated Shakespeare into Kiswahili. After teaching at the University of East Africa, she completed her Ph.D. at Yale, in Comparative Literature, and taught for 11 years at the University of Toronto, as Professor of English and Comparative Literature. First invited to Stanford as a Visiting Professor in 1986, she joined the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at Stanford in 1988. She has also taught as a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley and as a a member of the core faculty at the School of Criticism and Theory (Cornell University, 1998). She is the author of three books (Inescapable Romance, a study of romance from Ariosto to Wallace Stevens; Literary Fat Ladies: Rhetoric, Gender, Property; and Shakespeare from the Margins) and co-editor of five collections of essays on criticism, theory, and cultural studies, including Shakespeare and the Question of Theory and Women, Race and Writing in the Early Modern Period. She has lectured widely in France, Germany, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, and other parts of the world, as well as at Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Chicago, Oxford, Cambridge, the Sorbonne, and other universities; as Gauss Seminar lecturer at Princeton; and as the Shakespeare's Birthday lecturer at the Folger Shakespeare Library; and has served on the Advisory Board of the English Institute. In 2003-4, she organized an international conference and public festival at Stanford devoted to “Shakespeare in Asia” (details and photos at http://sia.stanford.edu). She has also worked with students to create performance-based programs in the community. She currently teaches courses on Shakespeare (including Global Shakespeares), the Bible and Literature, Epic and Empire and other topics. In addition to books on Shakespeare, rhetoric, race, religion, and gender, her work in progress includes new editions of Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Education

1967: B.A., University of Manitoba
1968: M.A., University of Toronto
1976: Ph.D., Yale University

COURSES

COMPLIT 11Q Shakespeare, Playing, Gender
COMPLIT 194 Independent Research
COMPLIT 320A Epic and Empire (ENGLISH 314)
COMPLIT 399 Individual Work
COMPLIT 802 TGR Dissertation

Other Information

COMPLIT 11Q (Shakespeare, Playing, Gender) Winter 2017-18
 
Professor Patricia Parker (parker@stanford.edu)
 
TTh / 1:30 to 2:50 pm      
Office hours Bldg. 460/Rm 338: Tues. +Th.  5-6 pm and by appointment.
 
(NB: Except for Week 1, each play must be read in full by first class that week)
 
Week 1  -- January 9:   Introduction
              -- January 11:    A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Week 2  -- January 16:   A Midsummer Night's Dream
              -- January 18:   A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Week 3  -- January 23:   Twelfth Night
              -- January 25:   Twelfth Night  
 
Week 4  -- January 30:   As You Like It 
              -- February 1:   As You Like It
 
Week 5  -- February 6:   The Taming of the Shrew
              -- February 8:   The Taming of the Shrew
 
Week 6  -- February 13:  Antony and Cleopatra
              -- February 15:  Antony and Cleopatra
 
Week 7  -- February 20:  Much Ado About Nothing             
              -- February 22:  Much Ado About Nothing
 
Week 8  -- February 27:  Othello
              -- March 1:        Othello
 
Week 9   -- March 6:    The Winter’s Tale
               -- March 8:    The Winter’s Tale
 
Week 10 -- March 13:  TBA
               -- March 15:   No class
 
GRADE FOR THE COURSE WILL BE A COMBINATION OF: 
(1) CLASS PARTICIPATION:  50%
(2)  WRITTEN WORK: 50% (either one longer paper of 8 double-spaced typed pages,  covering 2 plays from the course; or two shorter papers, covering one play each from the course, of any length adding up to a total of 8 double-spaced typed pages).
MUST BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL TO parker@stanford.edu BY OR BEFORE  11:59 pm on FRIDAY, MARCH 16.
 
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