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DT2091 Shakespeare from Page to Stage

Summer Reading List


Course Leaders: Dr Christie Carson, Professor Elizabeth Schafer


‘Shakespeare from Page to Stage’ actively encourages joint-honours students to reflect on the processes of creative tension and cross-fertilisation between Drama and English studies. The course is studied in the English Department in the autumn term in the Drama Department in the spring term. The two halves of the course will employ contrasting but complementary approaches. The focus of the first term will be on Shakespeare the playwright; therefore the emphasis of the textual analysis will be on the rhetorical strategies employed as well as the plays’ dramatic structure.  The second term will place greater attention on Shakespeare as performed, looking at casting practices and the politics of race and gender in contemporary productions on stage and film.


William Shakespeare,King Lear,

--  Anthony and Cleopatra,

--  Measure for Measure

--   The Taming of the Shrew

You may want to purchase The Norton Shakespeare, edited by Stephen Greenblatt (Norton paperback, 1997). You are also asked to consider the introduction to at least one other edition, so you may prefer to buy these plays in single editions. Any scholarly edition of the plays will do (Oxford, Cambridge, Arden), however, the Cambridge editions are usually offered as a special discounted bundle from the College bookshop.

The critical writings are drawn together in Reconceiving the Renaissance, Ewan Fernie, et al. eds. (Oxford, 2005) which we strongly recommend you buy. In the first class of the autumn term it will be assumed that you have read the ‘Introduction’ to this Reader.

You should also use the summer break to try to see as many of the plays in performance as you can – on stage if possible, or on film/ DVD if not. The World Shakespeare Festival is taking place throughout 2012 and you are very much encouraged to see some of the productions coming from other parts of the world either live or online at http://thespace.org and to read accounts of the productions that make up the Globe to Globe season at


All students will be automatically enrolled on the Moodle site for the course. This will be updated in September so do check it out.

Enjoy the summer!



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