ENGL 797 (M1) - Special Studies in Literature

Stdy/Shakespeare,Comics,Plays

Manchester   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 55210
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.
Section Comments: Cross listed with ENGL 800
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Susanne Paterson

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 M 6:01pm - 9:00pm PANDRA P345
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 LS majors. It is Writing Intensive.