Module Identifier TF31320  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Mikel Koven  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite TF10210 , TF31920  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   11 Hours  
  Practical   Viewing sessions  
Assessment Essay   4 x 2000 word essays, 25% each   100%  

Brief description

The aims of this module are as follows:
- To consolidate the variety of discourses and controversies surrounding the issue of film adaptations of work from other media (in this case, literary/dramatic works);
- To critically assess the address to different kinds of audience for Shakespeare?s plays and the movies based on them (racial, cultural, class and gender-based, sexual orientation);
- To apply the specialised film studies paradigms of genre to these films in the hopes of problematising the literary taxonomies of Shakespeare?s plays;
- To critically assess the notion of who is the `author? of these films: Shakespeare or the director.

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, on completion of this module, students will be able to:
- critically assess the variety and often conflicting analytical paradigms which characterise the study of literary adaptations in general, and Shakespeare in film specifically;
- critically assess who a Shakespearian film is addressing, an discuss how that address is constructed;
- critically assess differing approaches to genre in the Shakespearian film;
- crucially assess the different perspectives between literary/theatre studies? notion of the author, within film studies.

Basis of student knowledge:

This module assumes that the students already
- have an understanding of the major critical discourses of film studies (i.e. the auteur theory, classical Hollywood cinema, genre study);
- know the basic terminology that film studies utilise (mise-en-scene, montage, frame, diegetic/non-diegetic sources, etc.);
- are familiar with certain key textbooks; specifically Pam Cook?s The Cinema Book and Bordwell and Thompson?s Film Art ? an introduction.


Each week there are 2-4 assigned essays contained within a specially prepared `reader? for students. These readings come from a variety of sources, including journals, critical anthologies, and chapters in longer monographs.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Shaughnessy, Robert (ed.). (1998) Shakespeare on Film. Macmillan
Boose, Lynda E. and Richard, Burt (eds.). (1997) Shakespeare the Movie. Routledge
Davis, Anthony & Wells, Stanley. (1994) Shakespeare and the Moving Image. CUP
Collick, John. (1989) Shakespeare, Cinema and Society. Manchester UP
** Recommended Background

Ball. (1968) Shakespeare on silent film, a strange eventful history. Allen and Unwin
Ball. (1968) Shakespeare on silent film: a strange eventful history. Allen and Unwin
Jorgens. (1991) Shakespeare on Film. University P of America
Pilkington. (1991) Screening Shakespeare from Richard II to Henry V. Associated University Presses
Manvell,. (1979) Shakespeare and the Film. A.S. Barnes
Davies, Anthony. (1988) Filming Shakespeare's Plays: The Adaptations of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Peter Brook, Akira Kurosawa. CUP
Collick, John. (1989) Shakespeare Cinema and Society. MUP
Rothwell. (1999) A History of Shakespeare on Screen: A Century of Film and Television. CUP
Donaldson. (1990) Shakespearean Film/Shakespearean Directors. Allen and Unwin
Donaldson. (1990) Shakespearean Film/Shakespearean Directors. Allen and Unwin
Plus package of photocopied readings from other sources..
Othello (1995), Julius Caesar (1953), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996), West Side Story (1961), Macbeth (1971), Tromeo and Juliet (1996), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Hamlet (1990), Henry V (1944), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996), Macbeth (1948).
Chimes at Midnight (1965), Throne of Blood (1957), Ran (1985), Shakespear in Love (1998), and Theatre of Blood (1973).