Shakespeare: Stage, Page and Screen

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Shakespeare: Stage, Page and Screen

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A study of Shakespeare as playwright and poet, with some attention given to the theatrical and cinematic reception of the plays.

    This paper will provide you with a broad overview of Shakespeare's drama. You will gain an understanding of Shakespeare's life and times, the nature of the theatrical world in which he wrote and the development of his work as an artist and a man of the theatre. You will learn about the history of the production of his plays, from the time of their original staging to their reception in modern performance conventions and in film. You will become skilled in understanding the relationship between his theatrical and poetic vocabulary, and you will learn to analyse Shakespeare's language and his use of theatrical conventions.

    Learning Outcomes
    -Understanding of staging history of Shakespeare
    -Understanding of the cinematic history of Shakespearean adaptation
    -Knowledge of analytic tools to read Shakespeare, including embedded stage instructions, cultural history and close reading

    Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the following plays:

    Richard III
    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    King Lear
    Measure for Measure
    The Tempest

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