Global Shakespeare

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Shakespeare

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Classics, Literatures in English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This unit introduces students to a representative selection of Shakespeare's best-known poetry and drama, inviting them to undertake both detailed critical analysis, and some historical research on the contexts from which they emerged. The unit will also consider the impact of film and television on the global reach and contemporary relevance of Shakespeare's work. Students will be required to read four of Shakespeare's plays and a selection from the sonnets.

    Course Introduction
    This course introduces you to some of Shakespeare's most important works in drama and poetry,and to the early modern culture that shaped his work. Although we will approach the Shakespeare's work from a number of perspectives (literary, theatrical, and historical) - one question will thread through the whole: what is it about these works that continues to fascinate global audiences, performers and readers 400 years after they were first performed?

    The core of the course is reading the texts. There are now many excellent online resources that will enrich your encounter with Shakespeare: authoritative texts and world class performances on stage and on film. Be prepared to be enthralled.

    Course Aims
    The aim of this course is to familairise students with selected Shakesperean texts in their relevant contexts. This means reading, analysing and interpreting Shakespeare's writing, and thinking about how they translate into stage and film performance. We will examine how changes in acting styles, theatre technolgies,and audience tastes have cumulatively had a shaping effect on our understanding of Shakespeare's work. We will also consider how Shakespeare's social and political commentary resonated with contemporary audiences and with actors, directors and audiences across the globe, up to the present day.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. Apply skills in critical interpretation to your reading of Shakespeare's works.
    2. Understand the impact of Shakespeare's work on contemporary culture
    3. Use primary and secondary sources in researching the history of performance and reception of Shakespeare's work
    4. Communicate complex ideas in oral and written form

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.