• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Drama, English, Literature, Film

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.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. Analyse a scene from Shakespeare by identifying features of its dramatic language and its original context of performance
  2. Identify and describe a range of film genre and film techniques applied to the interpretation of Shakespeare's plays
  3. Collaborate in a creative presentation project which analyses filmic interpretations of a Shakespeare scene
  4. Construct an essay which demonstrates thorough research and original argument on the subject of Shakespeare and film

Indicative Assessment

Scene 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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 42 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 1 hour of  lecture, 1 hour of tutorial, and an average of 1.5 hours of in-class film viewing per week; and
b) 88 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of English (ENGL) or Film (FILM) Courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convenor to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest

Stephen Greenblatt (ed.),  The Norton Shakespeare 2nd edition




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4063 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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