ENGL3602 Shakespeare: Page, Stage, Screen

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit explores Shakespeare's original texts as the basis for understanding creative decisions that shape filmic versions of Shakespeare's plays and theatre performance. Focusing on literary and dramatic elements which underpin Shakespeare's complex plays and their realisation in performance, intellectual, historical and cultural contexts of Shakespeare's ideas and different approaches to performing Shakespeare throughout history, the unit encourages students to think critically about individual directorial approaches to issues supported by Shakespeare's works, and about the works' continued relevance in our world.
Students are able to (1) have increased knowledge of Shakespeare's plays, with special reference to films made from his works and relevant theatre productions; (2) gain a more sophisticated appreciation of Shakespeare's philosophical ideas and their relevance in today's world; (3) enhance an understanding of the history of Shakespeare on film; (4) develop a better understanding of character- and suspense-building and the relevant cinematic and stage techniques; (5) understand issues surrounding theatre production of early modern texts; (6) gain a better understanding of the history of the Shakespearean stage; (7) better understand film as a mode of performance and production in its own right; (8) improve the ability to think across time periods and textual modes; (9) have a comparative understanding of film and stage presentation as modes for the realisation of Shakespeare's plays; (10) have expression of original arguments, together with research methodologies, approaches and findings, coherently and logically in oral and written formats; (11) undertake and present research in groups efficiently and creatively, and to offer and respond to feedback appropriately; (12) locate, assess and engage critically with research findings, both individually and in groups; (13) be aware of the importance of informing and challenging one's independent analyses and ideas with discriminating reading of imaginative, critical and theoretical texts; (14) apply, knowingly and appropriately, highly developed skills of textual analysis, critical reasoning, interpretation and research; (15) interpret texts from a range of cultural genres independently, confidently and appropriately through developed modes of close reading and writing that encourage personal and critically informed engagement and expression; and (16) apply developed skills in independent enquiry-based research, leading towards an informed understanding of, and ethical sensitivity towards, our diverse and globalised world in the context of advanced further studies and/or future career paths.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation and presentation; (2) essay 1; and (3) essay 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Kathryn Prince
Unit rules
any Level 2 ENGL unit
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Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.