Course Description

Course Name

Shakespeare: Stage, Page and Screen

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


A study of Shakespeare as playwright and poet, with some attention given to the theatrical and cinematic reception of the plays.

This paper will provide you with a broad overview of Shakespeare's drama. You will gain an understanding of Shakespeare's life and times, the nature of the theatrical world in which he wrote and the development of his work as an artist and a man of the theatre. You will learn about the history of the production of his plays, from the time of their original staging to their reception in modern performance conventions and in film. You will become skilled in understanding the relationship between his theatrical and poetic vocabulary, and you will learn to analyse Shakespeare's language and his use of theatrical conventions.

Learning Outcomes
-Understanding of staging history of Shakespeare
-Understanding of the cinematic history of Shakespearean adaptation
-Knowledge of analytic tools to read Shakespeare, including embedded stage instructions, cultural history and close reading

Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the following plays:

Richard III
A Midsummer Night's Dream
King Lear
Measure for Measure
The Tempest

*Course content subject to change