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Semester and Year Offered: II & IV. Winter Semester 2019
Course Coordinator and Team: Sayandeb Chowdhury
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aim: Much of the appeal of William Shakespeare’s seemingly inexhaustible power as a playwright lies in the most astonishing adaptations of his plays. This course will discuss how his plays have travelled across culture and medium, regions and most importantly, languages and how the inherent potency of a Shakespearean play is unlocked in tongues far removed from the original. By bringing together some of his most well- known plays to stand in comparison with some of thee landmark cinematic adaptations, the course hopes to highlight both older and newer issues that have surfaced in Shakespearean studies over the years: from honour, ambition, filial love, jealousy and madness to the more recent explorations of race, culture, sexuality, identity, gender and authorship itself.
Course Outcomes: On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Brief description of main modules:
This module looks at the question of Shakespeare’s legacy, theories of adaption and the problems of authorship. It throws light on Adaptation theory and practice and film form.
Macbeth : Power, sovereignty, primogeniture
King Lear: Age, kingship , madness
Hamlet: Being, nothingness, humanism