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Shakespeare on Film
ENGL 254
Spring 2013 not offered

This course will examine exemplary filmic interpretations of five Shakespeare plays with the aim of exploring Shakespeare as a site of cultural production--as one of the places where our society's understanding of itself is worked out and, at times, fought out. Lectures and class discussions will focus on the particular problems and questions raised by the Shakespeare film as a genre: How do these films negotiate between theatrical and cinematic conventions, between text and image, between the historical past and the concerns of the present? To unravel such negotiations demands attentiveness to both sides of these equations. The course thus requires students to spend time reading both the filmic and literary texts closely, attending both to their formal attributes and to the specific contexts in which they were produced. While no prior study of Shakespeare is requisite, students may want to familiarize themselves with the plays we will study beforehand, since a great deal of time will be devoted to analyzing films.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)

Last Updated on APR-22-2024
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