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ENGL218 Shakespeare: Stage, Page and Screen

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

After 400 years, Shakespeare's plays continue to provoke and engage audiences and readers.

Shakespeare was both a poet and a man of the theatre. His plays were performed before both royalty and commoners and constituted one of the earliest forms of mass entertainment. In this paper we will explore the nature of the theatrical world in which he wrote, his stagecraft, and his use of language, particularly the way that Shakespeare used language to motivate performance and action. We will also examine how Shakespeare's language has been adapted to the cinema through a study of significant filmic adaptations of his work.

Paper title Shakespeare: Stage, Page and Screen
Paper code ENGL218
Subject English
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Dr Michael Cop
Associate Professor Shef Rogers

Teaching Arrangements

Twice-weekly lectures; play-readings; tutorials; screenings.


Films in order of screening:

  • Midsummer Night's Dream (Globe on Screen, 2014)
  • Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)
  • Richard III (Richard Loncraine, 1995)
  • Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes, 2011)
  • Scotland, PA (Morissette, 20010
  • Antony and Cleopatra (RSC, 2017)

In order of reading:

  • Midsummer Night's Dream
  • The Tempest
  • Richard III
  • Coriolanus
  • Macbeth
  • Antony and Cleopatra
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will gain:

  • 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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 28-29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40-41
A2 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40-41