Shakespeare Reproduced

Spring 2017 quarter

Taught by

English literature, theater studies

This program offers students the chance to study Shakespeare's playscripts as trace records of early modern theatrical productions and as springboards for contemporary ones. Students will read a small number of plays -- including Macbeth , Othello and The Tempest -- and analyze multiple 20th- and 21st-century adaptations; reading materials will be supplemented by lectures with a focus on film history. Our analysis will be informed by a study of the works' formal elements, but also by ideological considerations. We will ask questions such as: What kinds of cultural values are emphasized or de-emphasized in these adaptations? What difference does casting make, including cross-casting along the lines of gender or race? All students will be expected to engage thoughtfully in discussions of systematic oppression.  Students will demonstrate their interpretative and analytical skills through regular critical writing assignments. They will also be given the opportunity to design a final project, based in part on their previous training and academic work. This project may focus on creative writing, live performance, and/or critical writing. A background in literature and/or performance is not necessary to succeed in this program, but advanced students will be given opportunities to stretch their skills.

Program Details

Fields of Study

cultural studies theater

Preparatory For

advanced or graduate study in literature or other humanities, and careers in theater. This program is ideal for students considering graduate study in the humanities, or for student actors who are interested in creating performances informed by research and analysis.


Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First class meeting: Tuesday, April 4 at 10am (Com 320)

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning


$25 for theater tickets.


2016-01-13New spring opportunity.