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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Shakespeare: Stage, Page and Screen
    Subject English
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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