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ENGL218 Shakespeare: Stage, Page and Screen

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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 First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Shef Rogers, Dr Michael Cop

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
  • 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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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
S1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 10, 12, 19, 21


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 18-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 18-19, 21-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-12, 18-19, 21-22
T2 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 18-19, 21-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 12:00-13:50 20
A2 Thursday 15:00-16:50 20