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ENGL/FILM/THET 251 Shakespeare from Page to Screen


Shakespeare and Film focuses on reading, analyzing and interpreting Shakespeare’s plays as they have been adapted to film; understanding them as products of specific historical, cultural and artistic currents, as performance text meant for production within the constraints of the medium of film. Prerequisite:ENGL-121.

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Recognize literary terms, concepts, critical strategies and stylistic characters in the texts studied.

2. Demonstrate critical and independent thinking in the interpretation of Shakespearean texts both as literary texts and as performance.

3. Write analytically about Shakespeare’s works, using appropriate research and documentation.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways Shakespeare’s works reflect their intellectual, social, historical and theatrical contexts within the films.

5. Evaluate the ongoing power of Shakespeare’s plays to address personal values and goals and to challenge human endeavors.

6. Evaluate interpretations of the film versions of Shakespeare’s plays.


Textbook information: To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Crowe, Samuel .Shakespeare and  Film: A Norton Guide.W.W.  Norton. New York: 2008
Greenblatt, Stephen, ed. The Norton Shakespeare based on the Oxford Edition. 2nd ed. W.W. Norton: New York. 2009.

Major Topics

I. Text Analysis
II. Historical and Cultural Influences
III. Theatrical Conventions and Structures of the Elizabethan Era
IV. Film Adaptation

Grading Information:

Reading Quizzes                     10%
Journals                                 20%
Text Analysis                          15%
Research Project                    15%
Midterm                                 20%
Final                                       20%

Course Format

  • Is not self-paced.
  • The Schedule of Assignments lists deadlines for all course reading, homework assignments, quizzes and exams.
  • This schedule is posted within the course and is available for students all semester.
  • Does not require on-campus meetings, except it may have a proctored exam in the HCC Test Center. (For more information, see the "Exam" section below.)
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • The communications will take place through e-mail and scheduled posted threaded discussion questions (weekly).


This course has no required face-to-face orientation.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Acrobat Viewer
  • Flash
  • Internet Explorer
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • QuickTime
  • Real Player

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Lisa Wilde, 

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