Screen adaptations of Shakespeare form a significant part of our cultural experience of his plays, and increasingly they are seen as a crucial element in the study of his works. In LiFTS, where we have a tradition of interdisciplinary approaches to texts, Shakespeare on Film represents an excellent opportunity to bring together the interests of our literary, film studies, drama, and creative writing students, and to present them with an important and critically acclaimed body of texts.
The syllabus consists of five screen adaptations of four different plays by Shakespeare. They have been chosen to represent a series of different and notable developments in the history of Shakespeare in global cinema. We begin and end with Hamlet, first
in Feng Xiaogang's the Banquet and then, to close the term, in Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider. Along the way, we'll investigate Aparna Sen's Arshinagar (Romeo and Juliet), Leila Hipólito's As Alegres Comadres (The Merry Wives of Windsor)/Iván Lipkies Huapango (Othello), and
Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood (Macbeth).
- By the end of the module, you will be familiar with a group of texts – original plays and film adaptations - significant for their literary and cultural merit.
- By studying the changing treatments of Shakespeare’s texts across multiple languages and a span of fifty years, you will be able to evaluate the effect of political and cultural circumstances on the adaptation.
- Skills in presentation and critical analysis will be developed in the seminars on this module
Course Leader:Dr Nora J. Williams -- call me Nora, please. I use she/her pronouns.
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I'll check email at the start and end of each working day (M-F). I will aim to respond to all emails within 2 working days.
- Module Supervisor: Mary Mazzilli