Shakespeare in Performance

Subject THTR20021 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 102-hours across the semester, including class time.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

106-251 Shakespeare

Core Participation Requirements:

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David McInnis

Subject Overview:

This subject investigates the adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama from page to stage and beyond. It will introduce Shakespeare in historical and contemporary eras, in western and non-western sites of criticism and performance, including avant-garde and postmodern contexts for Shakespeare and Shakespearean adaptation in film and television. The subject will examine Shakespeare's canon and key literary perspectives, including discussion of Shakespeare’s plays in relation to issues of cultural politics and power.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students should have:

  • developed an understanding of Shakespeare’s theatre as literature and in performance;
  • explored the importance of Shakespeare in historical, modern and contemporary contexts;
  • investigated intercultural contexts for Shakespeare and examine Shakespeare’s plays in relation to society and cultural politics;
  • investigated adaptation of Shakespeare’s plays in experimental theatre and in film and television.

One short essay of 1000 words due mid-semester (30%), one in-class small group exercise on performing Shakespeare, presented in tutorials and written-up equivalent to 1000 words (20%), one essay of 2000 words due in the examination (50%). This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A Subject Reader will be available with additional texts, including Heiner Müller, Hamletmachine.

  • Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Titus Andronicus; Hamlet; Macbeth; The Tempest (Oxford Shakespeare editions preferred).

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • communicate knowledge in oral, written and creative forms;
  • manage their time through productive use of time and responding to deadlines;
  • think and work creatively and apply imagination in responding to tasks;
  • think critically and analyse through recommended reading, performance analysis and discussion.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Literary Studies Major
English and Theatre Studies
English and Theatre Studies
English and Theatre Studies
Theatre Studies Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Theatre Studies

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