ENGL379N - Special Topics in Literature; Multimedia Shakespeares
In this on-line 300-level course, students will consider the ways in which Shakespeare is interpreted and adapted for popular audiences. We will read three Shakespeare plays (Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and The Tempest) and then set them against 20th- an 21st-century adaptations. We will analyze graphic novels, television mini-series made for South African and Canadian audiences, Russian animated 30-minute short films, as well as interpretations for children's books, children’s television, popular music, variety shows, and more.
Students can expect to submit at least 10-12 pages of formal writing. Assignments will include quizzes, discussion posts, a final exam, short papers assessing aspects of each of the plays and their adaptations, as well as a final project, which might be a 5-7 pp literary analysis, a series of lesson plans that incorporate a play and its variants, a multimedia production, web-based commentary for the play or one of its variants, or a research-based poster. Some assignments will require blocks of time to view films. Students can expect to share their work with one another and contribute to an on-line archive as part of "ShakespeareLab@UMD."