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Overview



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.

Syllabus


COURSE LAYOUT


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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