ALL275 - Shakespeare Today


2021 unit information

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

Must have completed one level 1 Literary Studies unit



Incompatible with:

ALL316, ALL375

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 (online)

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.

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