Maricopa Community Colleges  ENH256   19986-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 4-28-1998

ENH256  1998 Fall – 1999 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Shakespeare on Film

Presents cinematic versions of Shakespeare's plays and explains and analyzes how the dramatist's major tragedies, comedies, histories and romances have been presented on film.

Prerequisites: None

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


ENH256  1998 Fall – 1999 Summer II

Shakespeare on Film



Compare and contrast the relative strengths and weaknesses of drama and film. (I)


Review the art of adapting drama to film. (I)


Explain the use of narrative in film and describe how the narrative format translates basic human values and assumptions. (I)


Describe the culture of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and explain its influences on Shakespeare and on his works. (II)


Identify and describe major Shakespearean tragedies, comedies, histories, and romances and analyze selected cinematic versions of each. (III)


Analyze Shakespeare's characters as they are depicted in selected films. (III-VII)


Analyze the structure, content, figures of speech and themes of selected films. (III-VIII)


Identify and explain the use of cinematic symbols to exemplify basic values, assumptions, and interpretations of human experience found in Shakespeare's dramas. (III-VIII)


Identify, describe and evaluate how the cinematic versions of Shakespeare's dramas address moral, aesthetic, and other values found in his works. (III-VIII)


Explain how the cinematic medium and film versions address and examine questions of existence, questions of meaning and knowledge and ways of thinking and knowing found in Shakespeare's dramas. (III-VIII)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


ENH256  1998 Fall – 1999 Summer II

Shakespeare on Film


I. Drama vs. Film

A. Strengths and weaknesses of each medium

B. Adapting drama to film

C. Narrative in film

1. Translating human values

2. Translating basic assumptions

II. The Writer and the Time

A. Biography

B. London(late sixteenth/early seventeenth centuries)

C. Drama in the Elizabethan/Jacobean Ages

III. Analysis of Shakespeare

A. Tragedy

1. In general

2. Cinematic versions

B. Comedy

1. In general

2. Cinematic versions

C. History

1. In general

2. Cinematic versions

D. Romance

1. In general

2. Cinematic versions

IV. Tragedies on Film

A. Aides and soliloquies

B. Tragic flaws

C. Filial obligations

D. Discrimination

E. Jealousy

V. Comedies on Film

A. Levels of diction

B. Comic relief

C. The romantic hero and heroine

D. poetic justice

E. Marriage as resolution

VI. Histories on Film

A. Sources

B. Character development

C. Comic relief

D. Shakespearean history vs. recorded history

VII. Romances on Film

A. the concept of romance

B. Romantic themes

C. Magic and the supernatural

D. Plot devices

VIII. Essential Questions of Shakespearean Films

A. Questions of existence

B. Questions of meaning and knowledge

C. Ways of thinking and knowing


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