Undergraduate Course: Shakespeare on Film (LLLG07048)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||THIS IS A FOR-CREDIT COURSE OFFERED BY THE OFFICE OF LIFELONG LEARNING (OLL); ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH OLL SHOULD BE ENROLLED.
This course will study acknowledged masterpieces of Shakespearean adaptation for the cinema. Using techniques of both literary and film analysis, we will explore the great diversity of high-quality Shakespearean film, from the silent era to contemporary inner-city adaptations.
Week 1: Introduction to Shakespeare on Film: silent movie versions
Weeks 2 and 3: A Midsummer Night's Dream: from Hollywood to Arthouse with versions by Max Reinhardt (1935), Adrian Noble (1996) and Michael Hoffman (1999)
Weeks 4 and 5: Sex and the City: Romeo and Juliet in Verona and Los Angeles with Zeffirelli (1967) and Baz Luhrmann (1996)
Weeks 6 and 7: In time of war: versions of Henry V by Olivier (1944) and Branagh (1989)
Weeks 8 and 9: Hamlet our Contemporary: Olivier (1948), Branagh (1996) and Almereyda (2000, starring Ethan Hawke)
Week 10: Visual fantasies on The Tempest: Derek Jarman (1979) and Peter Greenaway (1991)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of this course, students should be able to:
* explain the process of adaptation and the directorial choices involved;
* analyse the changing critical responses to Shakespeare which underlie the history of adaptation;
* discuss the range of cinematic techniques used in the adaptations.
Greenblatt, S. ed., 1997. The Norton Shakespeare. New York: W. W. Norton.
Jackson, R. ed., 2000. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Rothwell, K., 1999. A History of Shakespeare on screen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Shaughnessy, R. ed., 1998. Shakespeare on Film. London: Macmillan.
Thornton Burnett, M. and Wray, R., 1999. Shakespeare, Film, Fin-de-Siècle. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
Composition of discursive essays.
Understanding of interpersonal relationships.
|Course organiser||Dr Anya Clayworth
|Course secretary||Mrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855