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ENH2230 - Shakespeare: Interpretations and Transmutations

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Peter Groves


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit explores a range of Shakespeare's plays, focussing on various interpretations which have been applied to or imposed upon them by critics and directors over the years, including feminist, Christian, nationalist, and so on, and how these reflect changing times and fashions as well as political and cultural biases. In addition, consideration will be given to the ways in which Shakespeare's texts have been adapted to the spirit of the times - re-writings of scenes and endings for eighteenth-century productions, for example - and assimilated into other cultural forms, including opera (Verdi) and film.


Essay (2000 words): 50%
Oral presentation (1500 words): 30%
Examination (1 hour): 20%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week


A first-year sequence in English or permission