LIT257 : Shakespeare on Film

Convener(s): Dr Carmen Levick


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module deals with issues arising from the transposition of Shakespeare's plays to film. It will consider such issues as the relationship between text, staging and the cinematic adaptation. The course will look at, for example, the comparative strengths of films that attempt textual fidelity and those that reflect the auteur/director's need to 'rewrite' the original; and analyze the problems, in terms of space, language and otherwise, associated with adapting stage drama for cinematic purposes. In particular, this module will look at some of the most exciting, unconventional and successful adaptations of Shakespearean plays to screen.


The module will consist of film viewing sessions (of 3 hours/week) followed by interactive seminars (2 hours/week). The seminars will combine a wide range of theoretical and practical issues directed towards a better understanding of Shakespearean texts and the films they inspired. Students will be expected to carry out individual and/or group research on particular topics.


The assessment will consist of two academic essays of 2000 words each.

Contact Details

Dr Carmen Levick

Information last changed: Friday 26th of February 2016 :: 02:25:29 PM (GMT)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK