Shakespeare on Screen

Ref: C2224358

The course will examine the process of adapting Shakespeare's plays to the screen by each week looking at several different film versions of a single play. We will consider how successfully directors have handled the process of adaptation from text to screen and compare different technical and stylistic approaches to the plays' themes and motifs. The course will cover a wide range of adaptations, including foreign language films and experimental productions. We will consider such topics as the cultural and historical context of both plays and films, the importance of ‘translating’ Shakespeare’s poetic imagery into visual imagery, the difficulties presented by Shakespeare’s language and verse, and the history of Shakespeare on film.

Course aim

To provide learners with critical tools to enhance their appreciation and understanding of both Shakespeare and film and improve learners' understanding of the choices film makers face when adapting Shakespeare.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • make informed judgements about the success or otherwise of film adaptations of Shakespeare plays
  • demonstrate an understanding of Shakespeare’s language and verse
  • demonstrate an understanding of the stylistic techniques used by film makers.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Shakespeare on Screen Course Outline

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Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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