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Shakespeare in Performance (ENGL20033)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeENGL20033
Semester 2
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This subject investigates the adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama from page to stage and beyond. It will introduce Shakespeare in historical and contemporary eras, in western and non-western sites of criticism and performance, including avant-garde and postmodern contexts for Shakespeare and Shakespearean adaptation in film and television. The subject will examine Shakespeare’s canon and key literary perspectives, including discussion of Shakespeare’s plays in relation to issues of cultural politics and power.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • the ability to demonstrate a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of Shakespeare's work as literature and in performance;
  • gained a broad understanding of the importance of Shakespeare in historical, modern and contemporary contexts;
  • developed critical perspectives that enable them to critique intercultural contexts for Shakespeare and examine Shakespeare's plays in relation to society and cultural politics;
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the concepts and principles of adaptation and performance studies approaches to understanding Shakespeare's plays in experimental theatre and in film and television; and
  • the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats, including creative interpretations of Shakespeare's work.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • the ability to communicate knowledge in oral, written and creative forms;
  • the ability to manage their time through productive use of time and responding to deadlines;
  • the ability to think and work creatively and apply imagination in responding to tasks; and
  • the ability to think critically and analyse through recommended reading, performance analysis and discussion.

Last updated: 11 October 2019