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Undergraduate Course: Shakespeare on Film (LLLG07048)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryTHIS 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
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.
Reading List
Essential
Greenblatt, S. ed., 1997. The Norton Shakespeare. New York: W. W. Norton.

Recommended
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-Si├Ęcle. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Collaborative working.
Group discussion.
Composition of discursive essays.
Understanding of interpersonal relationships.
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Anya Clayworth
Tel:
Email: Anya.clayworth@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
Email: Sabine.Murdoch@ed.ac.uk
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