So, now that we're all here, we need to get right back to work. Usually, in British Literature, Second Quarter is focused entirely on Shakespeare, and then when we get to the Third Quarter, we move on to other things. However, we only got the chance to read MacBeth and watch Hamlet, and that's really unfair to you, because you really should spend some time with the Bard's comedies. Therefore, we're going to go through three straight comedies: Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, and Much Ado About Nothing.
Here's the twist: for the first comedy, we're going to watch a 1993 adaptation called 10 Things I Hate About You. In class, we'll get through about one hour, but there will be a bit of time afterwards you'll have to finish up on your own. Therefore, your three assignments are to:
- Finish the film. The clips below are the 9th, 10th, and 11th parts of the film. Finish 'em.
- Read the Lambs' Tales of Shakespeare summary of TotS. In 1807, siblings Charles and Mary Lamb wrote shortened, children-appropriate versions of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays. You can find the summary of Taming of the Shrew here. Read it.
- Write a three-paragraph summary of three specific modernizations in 10 Things. Post it to your blog, by next class!