Shakespeare on Film


Course Objective

Students become knowledgeable about: (1) Shakespeare, his work, and his
times; (2) various theoretical issues regarding film adaptations; and
(3) critical theory on the cultural construction of identity.

Course Content

The central artifacts under discussion are William Shakespeare’s "Romeo
and Juliet" and a handful of its film adaptations. Students are
introduced to a number of theoretical issues that arise when studying
Shakespeare adaptations (“original” source text, authorship,
intertextuality). In addition, they get acquainted with interpretative
approaches to plays and films that focus on the cultural construction of
identity (gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality).

Teaching Methods

Period 5: seminar meetings, 2 x 2 hours per week.
Period 6: seminar meetings, 2 x 2 hours per week.

Method of Assessment

Written exam.

Entry Requirements

Students must have taken part in the modules “Literary Theory” and
“Genre and Literary Analysis.”


To be announced.

Target Audience

This module is part of the Bachelor’s program English Literature &

Additional Information

The level of English in this module is high.

Custom Course Registration

There is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the preferred seminar group, and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module and (iii) the exam, but not for (ii) the seminar groups.

General Information

Course Code L_ELBALES106
Credits 6 EC
Period P5+6
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. R.V.J. van den Oever
Examiner dr. R.V.J. van den Oever
Teaching Staff dr. R.V.J. van den Oever

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Practical*, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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