This course is designed as an entry into the world of William Shakespeare. The students will be equipped with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to understand and enjoy a Shakespearean play. By reading Romeo and Juliet, we will explore the world of Shakespearean drama and consider the reasons why this play, written more than 400 years ago, still captures the imagination of readers and audiences in the twenty-first century.
Attendance / in-class assignments and activities / oral presentations / term paper
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. Ed. Roma Gill. Oxford School Shakespeare. OUP, 2005. Other handouts to be distributed in class
To be introduced in class
Regular attendance and active participation Students will be asked to read some parts of the play aloud in class.
1. Introduction: Who is Shakespeare? 2. Shakespeare's theatre 3. Romeo and Juliet: close reading - Shakespeare's Sources
- Shakespeare's Language
- Issues and viewpoints: love, friendship, family, religion, death, etc.
4. Shakespeare and modern culture: adaptations of Romeo and Juliet on film - West Side Story (dir. Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, 1961)
- Romeo and Juliet (dir. Franco Zeffirelli, 1968)
- Romeo + Juliet (dir. Baz Luhrmann, 1996)
- Shakespeare in Love (dir. John Madden, 1998)
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