Shakespeare on Film
Spring 2014 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)
Franco Zeffirelli's and Sam Taylor's TAMING OF THE SHREW
Franco Zeffirelli's and Baz Luhrman's ROMEO AND JULIET
Lawrence Olivier's and Kenneth Branagh's HENRY V
Lawrence Olivier's and Franco Zeffirelli's HAMLET
Orson Welles' and Oliver Parker's OTHELLO
|Examinations and Assignments:
Several short papers, including formal film-analyses, on-line exercises, class presentations, and a final take-home exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
In addition to reading and written assignments, students are required to attend film screenings on Sunday nights.
This course meets the Literary History I requirement for the English major. This course also contributes to the English major Theory and Literary Forms concentration.
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