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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 spend 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 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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

To be advised when next offered

Teaching staff

To be advised when next offered

Teaching Arrangements
Twice-weekly lectures; play-readings; tutorials; screenings

Film adaptations include:

  • Richard Loncraine's Richard III
  • Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood
  • Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado about Nothing
  • Grigor Kostinsev's Korol Lir
  • Fred M. Wilcox's Forbidden Planet

Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the following plays:

  • Richard III
  • Merry Wives of Windsor
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
  • Much Ado about Nothing
  • The Tempest
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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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

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system