To introduce students to both a more advanced and dynamic way of understanding Shakespearean drama by looking at the plays in relation to textual/editorial and theatrical practice, as well as cinematic adaptation.
To assess how our interpretations of Shakespeare''s plays might both inform and be informed by specific questions of editing, staging, directing, and adaptation. To address how the texts of the plays appeared in Shakespeare’s own time (i.e. in Quartos and in the Folio), and how and why modern editors have dealt with them subsequently.
To explore how original printed texts, sources, and subsequent adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays can develop our knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare''s dramatic art and stagecraft.
To examine the treatment of the plays studied in later editions and adaptations, as well as in later performances, on stage and on film.
Acquire, develop, and demonstrate a detailed knowledge of Shakespeare''s plays in relation to the textual and theatrical practices of their original contexts as well as of their subsequent adaptation by editors and theatre and film directors.
Develop and engage with a more complex and advanced understanding of Shakespeare as dramatist, in terms of how his work has been received, edited, performed, and adapted from the time of their original composition, staging, and publication to the present.
Recognise and implement a broad range of approaches to text and performance, whether in terms of close reading and critical interpretation/analysis, editing, staging, or cinematic adaptation.
Analyse and discuss the plays, their texts, sources, and adaptations in terms of their literary style, significance, and contexts, putting into practice advanced skills in textual analysis, critical reading, and writing.
Research, read, and think both independently and sensitively about the works studied at a specialised level.
Work co-operatively and productively with others to produce a coherent team-work project (i.e. the editing task)Evaluate and communicate both your own and others’ ideas.