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ALL275 - Shakespeare Today


2020 unit information

*2020 is the last year this unit will be offered. ALL375 will replace this unit in 2021

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Geoff Boucher

Must have completed one level 1 Literary Studies unit



Incompatible with:

ALL316, ALL375

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided at Geelong), 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 3-hours per week, including 1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided)


Today, Shakespeare is probably the most important literary figure in any language. The unit tracks the influence of Shakespeare by tracing out the expanding shock wave of his presence around the world and in different media. We look at Latin American, African and Asian Shakespeares, at feminist and queer Shakespeares, at Shakespeare as an inspiration for contemporary novels, and, of course, at what happens when Shakespeare goes to the movies. We also explore “the Bard” as a political football kicked around in debates on cultural value, and at the cultural anxieties that the authorship question unleashes. By comparing six key texts of Shakespeare with current inspirations, adaptations, translations and variations, students get to grips with Shakespeare’s plays and poems in a way that focuses on the way that his work that has kept its sting. Students will be asked to critically analyse the way that a play or group of poems has been adapted in contemporary culture or positioned in current debates. Then they will have the opportunity to discover for themselves and explore in depth an innovative contemporary Shakespeare.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply knowledge of literary history, literary modes, theoretical concepts, literary language, and creative approaches to the works of Shakespeare

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Communicate major literary, critical and theoretical ideas to a variety of audiences GLO2: Communication


Critically engage with the production of texts and discourses and apply findings to the relevant literary research GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse and evaluate theoretical, historical and contemporary approaches to literary conventions to create new, innovative and cross-generic modes of responses to these works

GLO5: Problem solving


Work autonomously as a reflective practitioner committed to learning and developing skills in literary studies GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay

2000 words or equivalent 50% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Report 2000 words or equivalent 50% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALL275 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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