DRAM20050 Shakespeare on Film

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module deals with issues arising from the transposition of Shakespeare's plays to film. It will consider such issues as the relationship between text, staging and the cinematic adaptation. The course will look at, for example, the comparative strengths of films that attempt textual fidelity (Branagh's Hamlet) and those that reflect the auteur/director's need to `rewrite' the original (Derek Jarman's The Tempest); and analyse the problems, in terms of space, language and otherwise, associated with adapting stage drama for cinematic purposes. In particular, this module will look at some of the most exciting, unconventional and successful adaptations of Shakespearean plays to screen

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: use teamwork skills to complete some of the assignments for the module, discuss the close relationship between text, stage and screen with the different theories and issues that entails, conduct serious and extensive research activities and immerse in issues of interdisciplinarity through analysis of the different media of text, stage and film.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)






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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

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Module Requisites and Incompatibles
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Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Midterm-TBC Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Attendance and contribution Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
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Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 15:00 - 15:50