Shakespeare: Yesterday. Today and Tomorrow

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Shakespeare: Yesterday. Today and Tomorrow

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Literature, Theater

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of prior study in drama.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    In this module four of Shakespeare?s plays are studied in depth, two in the autumn
    semester and 2 in the spring semester. Others used for reference. The plays are studied
    in a practical way, to explore their form and elicit their changing meanings in different
    theatrical and cultural contexts and at key historical moments.

    The module explores changing approaches to production since the first performances in
    Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre and evaluates the impact which players and directors
    and their methods have had on the reception of Shakespeare at different particular
    moments. The module seeks to pinpoint how the social/ cultural/ political concerns of
    any given time have been dramatised in productions of the plays. Changing themes are
    explored to see how they might have been dramatised at different times, as a means of
    defining what has been meant and what is meant by ?Shakespeare?.

    Topics covered include:
    ? understanding the language of the plays: practical work on form and
    ? what is character, what is plot and how does tension between characters
    in particular contexts create drama?
    ? the expression of the human condition: the ?Elizabethan world order?; changing contexts
    ? the social, political and cultural contexts of the original performances of
    Shakespeare?s plays
    ? universal themes: for instance, family, love, jealousy, domestic/ national/
    international rivalries
    ? shifting themes: for instance, gender, politics, government, authority,
    philosophy, religion
    ? the plays in performance on stage and screen: actors? and directors?
    interpretations; interpretations in different key political and cultural

    Autumn Semester:
    Students study two plays by Shakespeare. Classes combine the historical and cultural
    contexts of these plays, theoretical perspectives upon them and practical exploration of
    Spring Semester:
    Students study two plays by Shakespeare. Classes combine the historical and cultural
    contexts of these plays, theoretical perspectives upon them and practical exploration of

    Teaching: 2 hour weekly sessions

    ? Collaborative scene study (15 minutes)
    ? 2500 ? 3000 word Research Essay
    STUDY OPTION 2 OR STUDY OPTION 3: a practical element and a short essay. The
    practical demonstration is either a monologue or a speech analysis. The essay is 2000
    words about the themes and dramatic ideas of the play

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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