PERF08052 2019 Global Shakespeares

General Details

Full Title
Global Shakespeares
Transcript Title
Global Shakespeares
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts

This module focuses on "Shakespeare" as a site of cultural production, a space in which identity is negotiated and worked out. Learners introduced to Shakespeare comedy, tragedy, romance and history plays, locating those texts within the social, cultural and historical context of the early modern period and the intepretative moments including our own that have shaped meaning in the texts. Critical methodologies will be applied to the texts including feminism, cultural materialism, psychoanalysis and historicism. The module will also look at contemporary appropriations of Shakespeare , particularly film adaptations, in which our own "culture" is reproduced and contested.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


analyse and evaluate Shakespeare within the social, cultural and historical context of the early modern period


interpret texts through the framework of different critical methodologies, including feminism, cultural materialism, psychoanalysis and historicsim


creativley interpret a scene from a Shakespeare play in collaboration with others


analyse and interpret Shakespeare plays in terms of generic expectations


engage with critical texts and articulate and present these ideas in written summary and seminar discussions


document learning events, praxis, and collaborative process developing skills as a working practitioner

Module Assessment Strategies

Learners assessed though written responses, presentations, log book and scene work in collaboration with a peer from another discipline

Indicative Syllabus

Early Modern Context: Early modern England, Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and politics, absolutism, travel and the new world materials, position of women, possessive individualism, subjectivity

Genre: generic categories of the first folio and the extent to which texts realise or disrupt generic expectations. Discussion of how helpful these categories are in interpreting teh plays and the concept of the "problem" play

Critical approaches: introduction to critical methodologies in interpreting Shakespeare including cultural materialism, Marxism, Hisotricisim, Feminism and Psychoanalysis. Secondary reading an integral part of this module.

Adpatation: theories of adaptation, looking at extent tot which source material appropriated represents/interrogates our own cultural moment: film texts might include, Kurosawa, Luhrmann, Branagh, Welles, Brook, Kozintsev, Pacino, for example.



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Individual Project written responses Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5
2 Group Project creative collaboration Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6
3 Individual Project learning log Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
4 Performance Evaluation participation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Seminar Flat Classroom interactive sessions 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

McEvoy, Sean. Shakespeare: The Basics. Second edition. Routledge, 2006.

Stanley Wells and Lena Cowen Olin, eds. Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide. (2003)

Garber, Marjorie. Shakespeare After All. Pantheon, 2004.

The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001

Political Shakespeare: New Essays in Cultural Materialism, 2nd ed. Eds. Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield. Cornell UP, 1994.

Montrose, Louis. "The Purpose of Playing: Reflections on a Shakespearean Anthropology." Helios (Winter 1980):51-74.

Jankowski, Theodora A. Women in Power in the Early Modern Drama. Illinois UP, 1992.

Thompson, Ann. "Shakespeare and Sexuality." Shakespeare Survey 46. Ed. Stanley Wells. Cambridge UP, 1994. 1-8.

The Matter of Difference: Materialist Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare. Ed. Valerie Wayne. Cornell UP, 1991.

Traub, Valerie. Desire & Anxiety: Circulations of Sexuality in Shakepearean Drama. Routledge, 1992.

Belsey, Catherine. "Disrupting sexual difference: meaning and gender in the comedies."

Alternative Shakespeares. Ed. John Drakakis. Methuen, 1985. 166-90.

Belsey, Catherine. Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden: The Construction of Family Values in Early Modern Culture. Rutgers UP, 2000.

Jardine, Lisa. Reading Shakespeare Historically. Routledge, 1996.

Saccio, Peter. Shakespeare's English Kings: history, chronicle, and drama. Oxford UP, 2000.

Marxist Shakespeares. Eds. Jean E. Howard and Scott Cutler Shershow. Routledge, 2001.

Callaghan, Dympna. Shakespeare Without Women: Representing gender and race on the Renaissance stage. Routledge, 2000. [includes essays on Twelfth Night, Othello, The Tempest, and more]

Rackin, Phyllis. Shakespeare and Women. Oxford, 2005.

Smith, Bruce. Shakespeare and Masculinity. Oxford UP, 2000.

Hillman, Richard. William Shakespeare: The Problem Plays. Twayne, 1993.

Adelman, Janet. Suffocating Mothers: Fantasies of Maternal Origin in Shakespeare's Plays, Hamlet to The Tempest. Routledge, 1992.

Neely, Carol Thomas. Broken Nuptials in Shakespeare's Plays. Yale UP, 1985.

Greenblatt, Stephen. Shakespearean Negotiations.

Holderness, Graham, ed. The Shakespeare Myth.

Williamson, Marilyn. The Patriarchy of Shakespeare's Comedies

The Woman's Part: Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare

Schwartz, Murray and Coppelia Kahn. Representing Shakespeare: New Psychoanalytic Essays.

Garvin, Harry. Shakespeare: Contemporary Critical Approaches. Esp. Tempest.

Dollimore, Jonathan. Radical Tragedy, 2nd ed.

Spectacular Shakespeare: Critical Theory and Popular Cinema. Eds. Courtney Lehmann and Lisa S. Starks.(Dickinson UP, 2002)


Bevington, David, ed. The Complete Works of Shakespeare, 5th edition (Longman, 2003)

Drakakis, John, ed. Alternative Shakespeares 2nd edition (Oxford: Routledge, 2002 )

Greenblatt, Stephen. Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare. ( Norton & Co., 2004) 

Other Resources