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Modiwl QXE-3086:
Shakespeare's Afterlives

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 2

Trefnydd: Prof Helen Wilcox

Amcanion cyffredinol

This module will explore Shakespeare's work and the variety of ways in which it has been absorbed into the culture of subsequent centuries. The seminars will centre on a close examination of four plays, followed in each case by a study of the afterlives that these works have generated in the theatre, literature, film, music, art, criticism, politics and everyday language. The course not only offers new material for an understanding of the art of Shakespeare as well as his `followers', but also raises questions about what is deemed acceptable appropriation of Shakespeare's writing and reputation. Where does literary influence end and a cashing-in on Shakespeare's cultural capital begin? Topics for discussion thus include the perceived (and actual) role of literature in society, and the importance of Shakespeare to projects such as feminist and post-colonial rewritings of the English literary canon.

Cynnwys cwrs

In order to explore the concept of literary afterlives, the weekly seminars alternate between the study of a Shakespeare play and the investigation of instances of the ‘afterlife’ of that particular play. For example, a seminar on A Midsummer Night’s Dream is followed by a seminar on Angela Carter’s novel Wise Children, a text riddled with references to the play and its adaptations as well as to the ‘Shakespeare industry’ as a whole. The module encourages students to be alert to examples of the use and abuse of Shakespeare in our own contemporary contexts, and to respond creatively as well as critically to the plays and other texts under discussion. Participation in seminars is stimulated by a variety of means, including weekly presentations by pairs of students and a final colloquium on the essay projects being researched by members of the group.

Meini Prawf


Typically, work graded D- to D+ (or 40 to 49) will show many of the following qualities: • Unsure and lacking in confidence when discussing ideas • Referring to the subject in question in a superficial manner • Making an effort to provide fairly balanced answers • Some points in the argument irrelevant to the topic • Little evidence of background reading • Some uncertainty over language and syntax • Strengths and weaknesses fairly balanced; occasionally clumsy and unimaginative • In creative work: superficial • Not succeeding in mastering the requirements of the medium


Typically, work graded B- to B+ (or 60 to 69) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas adeptly • Most of the arguments about a specific field are well-aired • Displays knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is relevant • Shows analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of relevant reading • Shows accuracy in expression with mastery over language. • A few minor errors here and there. • Signs of creative thought deserve a higher position within the class • In creative work: shows signs of originality, having understood the requirements of the medium • Plans of well-balanced and full answers, despite some gaps


Typically, work graded A- to A** (or 70 to 100) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas with confidence and precision • Demonstrates maturity and sophistication • Displays deep knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is totally relevant • Shows independent, analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of substantial and relevant reading • Shows great accuracy in expression, displaying total mastery over all aspects of the language • Shows occasional signs of brilliance and originality of thought • In creative work: displays considerable originality • Command over medium; may have potential for publication/production

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Appreciate, analyse and interpret Shakespearian texts in a variety of genres.

  2. Participate in the critical discussion of later responses to Shakespeare’s works, including editions, essays, rewritings, films, novels and stage adaptations.

  3. Relate the texts, whether Shakespearian or later, to their literary and cultural contexts.

  4. Identify and make use of ideas and theories relevant to the study of Shakespeare’s cultural and literary afterlives, and particularly those concerning intertextuality, influence, adaptation and cultural capital.

  5. Select, digest and organise material and produce a consistent and coherent argument, presented both orally and in essay form, to a deadline.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
Short Assignment 20
Short Assignment 20
3,000 Word Essay 60

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

  1. One two-hour seminar per week for 11 weeks
  2. One one-hour study group per week for 11 weeks
Private study 167

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach


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