The marriage of Shakespeare and film is seen as a commonplace of modern culture but has it been always harmonious? Shakespeare wrote his plays for the early modern playhouse—a context vastly different to cinema—but they have since gone on to shape the possibilities of film as a medium. In return, film has shaped the possibilities of ‘Shakespeare’. This course explores the relationship between two mighty cultural entities and the ways that, together, they have been used to speak to and of their times. Plays to be studied include Henry V, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet. Directors whose work will be under investigation include Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh and Baz Luhrmann.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse a scene from Shakespeare by identifying features of its dramatic language and its original context of performance
- Identify and describe a range of film genre and film techniques applied to the interpretation of Shakespeare's plays
- Collaborate in a creative presentation project which analyses filmic interpretations of a Shakespeare scene
- Construct an essay which demonstrates thorough research and original argument on the subject of Shakespeare and film
Indicative AssessmentScene analysis,1000 words (20%) [Learning Outcome 1]
Presentation project, 20 minutes (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Essay, 2000 words or optional exam, 2 hours (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4]
Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 60 hours of contact: 30 hours of lectures , 12 hours of tutorials, and 18 hours of film screening over 12 weeks.
b) 70 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest
Stephen Greenblatt (ed.), The Norton Shakespeare 2nd edition
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4907||19 Feb 2018||27 Feb 2018||31 Mar 2018||25 May 2018||In Person||N/A|