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Undergraduate Course: Shakespeare Adapted (ENLI10304)

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SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will explore how Shakespeare┐s plays have been appropriated and reimagined by a range of modern and postmodern writers and filmmakers. The cultural prestige enjoyed by Shakespeare┐s works has long inspired other artists to re-interpret their concerns. This course will analyse the motives involved in reshaping and rewriting these works. It will consider the ways in which contemporary texts ┐talk back┐ to Shakespeare┐s plays by addressing perceived gaps or silences, by adopting the viewpoint of marginal characters, or by extending their implications in alternative temporal or cultural circumstances. The course will concentrate on the legacy of five plays: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and The Tempest.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. In their work for this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and critically assess the range of ways in which Shakespeare┐s plays have been appropriated in the twentieth and twenty-first century.
  2. In their work for this course, students will be able to understand and use appropriately the critical vocabulary for analysing practices of adaptation and appropriation.
  3. In their work for this course, students will be able to show an awareness of relevant intellectual and historical contexts for adaptations of Shakespeare
  4. In their work for this course, students will develop their ability to read adaptations of Shakespeare comparatively.
  5. By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate the ability to reflect constructively on the development of their own learning and research practice.
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Special Arrangements Numbers are limited, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling. In the case of excess applications places will be decided by ballot.
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance for one hour a week at Autonomous Learning Group - at times to be arranged.
KeywordsENLI10304 Shakespeare,adaptation,appropriation
Course organiserDr Dermot Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
Course secretaryMrs Anne Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
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