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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Peter Groves


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, such as film.


Written work: 50% (2000 words)
1 hour Exam: 30%
Oral presentation: 20% (1500 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Peter Groves

Contact hours

One 1 hour lecture per week + One 1.5 hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



A first-year sequence in English or permission