ENGL 797 (M1) - Special Studies in Literature

Stdy/Shakespeare:Comics, Film

Manchester   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2020 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (01/21/2020 - 05/11/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 54057
A) Old English Literature, B) Medieval Literature, C) 16th Century, D) 17th Century, E) 18th Century, f) English Romantic Period, G) Victorian Period, H) 20th Century, I) Drama, J) Novel, K) Poetry, L) Non-fiction, M) American Literature, N) A Literary Problem, O) Literature of the Renaissance, R) Race and Racial Theories. The precise topics and methods of each section vary. Barring duplication of subject, may be repeated for credit. For details, see the course descriptions available in the English department.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/27/2020 5/11/2020 M 9:01am - 11:50am PANDRA P307
Additional Course Details: 

This class acknowledges the critical importance of Shakespeare's works as cultural documents. By examining a selection of his dramatic works in the context of literary, cinematic, and graphic novel adaptations, we'll see that these plays have had a profound influence on other writers and artists over the centuries.

Comics, films, and literature have all been inspired by Shakespeare's dramatic works. In this class we will explore these inspirations, as well as the originals from which they are created. We'll analyze four Shakespeare plays--The Taming of the Shrew; Othello; Macbeth; and The Tempest--as a work in and of itself, looking at the ways in which Shakespeare has handled characterization, dramatic plotting, language, and a series of other literary techniques. We'll then move on to an analysis of films, comic books, and literary adaptations of these Shakespearean dramas. They'll be either clear "rewritings" of the plays, showing strong adherence to the original, or they'll be quite free versions of the plays, showing some echoes or inspirations from Shakespeare, but demonstrating their authors' own visions of characterization, plot, and theme. By the end of the semester, we should have a heightened appreciation not only for the original Shakespeare plays, but also for the ways in which filmmakers, comic book artists and other playwrights have harnessed Shakespeare's vision and made it their own. Course fulfills pre-1800 requirement for English, English Teaching, and LAS majors, and WI requirement. Course is open to majors in other fields.


Required Texts that You Must Buy or Rent: N.B. Please buy the specific editions listed below: (If some of you have David Bevington's The Necessary Shakespeare, you can use this instead of buying the separate Shakespeare plays.) Macbeth. Ed. William C. Carroll. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 1999. ISBN: 0312144547. Othello. Ed. Kim F. Hall. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006. ISBN: 0312398980. The Taming of the Shrew. Ed. Frances E. Dolan. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 1996. ISBN: 0312108362. The Tempest. Eds. Gerald Graff and James Phelan. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009. 2nd Edition. ISBN: 0312457529 or 978-0312457525 Césaire, A. A Tempest. Trans. R. Miller. Theatre Communications Group, 2002. ISBN: 1559362103. Fletcher, John, The Tamer Tamed. London: Methuen Drama (New Mermaids), 2010. ISBN: 0713688750 or 978-0713688757. Macbeth: The Graphic Novel. Adaptor John McDonald. (Classical Comics). Towcester, England: Classical Comics, 2008. ISBN: 1906332444 or 978-1906332440. Other materials will be distributed via Canvas or will be viewed in class.