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Shakespeare Across Cultures

Central University of Kerala and UGC via Swayam

Found in Literature

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Shakespeare is the most translated, staged, filmed and studied author in world literature. He is adapted, localized, domesticated and appropriated on the page, stage, and other media in many languages and cultures across the world. This 4-credit course, which analyses how Shakespeare influences and is influenced by the languages and cultures of the world, is intended for postgraduate students of English Literature. The objectives of this course in which many Shakespeare experts in India will guide students are to analyse Shakespeare by using discourses of language, race, gender, identity and geopolitics, explore how Shakespeare is negotiated on page, stage, screen and classroom discourses, outline Shakespeare adaptations and the responses they evoke in diverse cultures, demonstrate how cultures transfigure Shakespeare in their literary and cultural terrain, illustrate the reasons for reworking and adapting Shakespeare in various cultures, show how contemporary viewers critically respond to the reworkings of Shakespeare, and find alternative frameworks to rework the essentially Eurocentric Shakespeare discourses.



Week 1:
Shakespeare Across Cultures: Introduction, Canon and Culture: Universality of Shakespeare

Week 2:
Cultural Imperialism Global Shakespeare, Colonialism and Shakespeare

Week 3:
Shakespeare and the Imperialism of the English Language, Shakespeare as Icon and Industry

Week 4:
Shakespeare and Modern Culture, Shakespeare Our Contemporary

Week 5:
Shakespeare on Page, Shakespeare on Stage, Shakespeare on Screen

Week 6:
Shakespeare in New Media, The Internet Shakespeare, Multicultural Shakespeare

Week 7:
Digital Shakespeare: Literary Informatics, Shakespearean Semiotics, Shakespeare Translations,

Week 8:
Shakespeare and the Language of Translation, Rewriting and Adapting Shakespeare

Week 9:
Shakespeare as Children’s Literature, Shakespeare and Literary Polysystems, Challenges in Shakespeare Translation

Week 10:
Political and National Appropriations of Shakespeare, Cross-Cultural and Transcultural Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Cultural Materialism

Week 11:
Political Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Gender, Shakespeare and Race

Week 12:
Shakespeare and Popular Culture, Postcolonial Shakespeare, Intercultural Shakespeare

Week 13:
Shakespeare and Critical Theory, Localizing and Foreignizing Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Cultures of Performance

Week 14:
Shakespeare and Indigenous Performances, Shakespeare in Indian Language Translations

Week 15:
Shakespeare in Indian Language Adaptations, Shakespeare in India: Films

Week 16:
Shakespeare and India: Theatre, Shakespeare Scholarship in India

Taught by

Dr. Joseph Koyippally Joseph

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