ENG4426 – Adapting Shakespeare: Literature and Film

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Course content

This course explores the complex ways in which the work of Shakespeare has been adapted by authors and practitioners from the 18th to the 21st century. The module will consider the changing significance of Shakespeare and his work in different time periods and societies. It will explore different theoretical approaches to adaptation. And it will consider ways in which the act of appropriation has been deployed as a means of challenging or critiquing the conventional canon of western literature.

The module will choose one Shakespeare play as its primary case study. We will then explore various adaptations and appropriations of that text in poetry, prose, theatre and film.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will:

  • understand the history of Shakespearean adaptation
  • have a detailed knowledge of various theoretical approaches to the issue of adaptation.
  • have an awareness of the local and global dimensions to adaptation
  • develop a detailed understanding of the impact of Shakespearean adaptation upon issues of gender and race.
  • possess the technical vocabulary necessary to analyse adaptations in a range of media, including film.


Seminars, 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. 20 hours in all.

Obligatory activities:

  • Attendance 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
  • A first draft of the term paper (minimum 2000 words) turned in by a stated deadline.

Both the obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester for you to sit the exam. Fulfilled course requirements are only valid the semester you attend the course.


The form of assessment is a term paper of 12–15 pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). References and bibliography comes in addition.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Autumn 2020


Autumn 2020

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