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Last approved: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:22:16 GMT

Last edit: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 15:32:01 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
English (ENGL)
Shakespeare on Film
Shakespeare on Film
Fall 2015
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Patrick Cook
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Students will learn in detail the history of a small but significant subset of American and European film production: adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays using the original language.
Students will learn about the challenges involved in adapting literary texts to the film medium. They will consider what works written for the early modern stage have in common with modern film narratives, what aspects of the two media are radically different, and the variety of ways filmmakers modify and supplement the plays to create effective films. They will learn the methods by which films create meaning and stimulate viewer attention and enjoyment. Close attention will be paid to traditional techniques of film construction and to the fundamental psychological-perceptual properties of the medium.
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This is the only English course that studies Shakespeare through film.
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CCAS - GCR: Humanities
GH: rolled back 9/26/25 with following: suggested alternative title: "Adapting Shakespeare to Film," correct course number of syllabus; and include all missing items on syllabus.
gharris (Sat, 26 Sep 2015 15:28:42 GMT): Rollback: Three issue: First, the current title, 'Shakespeare on Film,' sounds like Shakespeare speaking about film. I suggest 'Adapting Shakespeare to Film,' or 'Shakespeare in Film.' Second: course number on syllabus is 3450, but on CL request it's 3450. Third: course proposal was submitted with an incomplete syllabus. It must include all items required for syllabi. The missing items are: 1) Bulletin description of the course--this is on CL request but must also be on syllabus 2) course prerequisites, if any--on CL request but must also be on syllabus; 3) learning objectives that state descriptions of behaviors or skills that students will be able to demonstrate at the end of the class or unit--there is a section titled ’student learning objectives,'on syllabus, but it's not written in accordance with requirements. It should be a list preceded by, e.g., "By the end of this course students should be able to ..." You're welcome to keep what's already there, but under a different heading, or perhaps under the course description. 4) required textbooks or other materials; 5) statement of the religious holiday policy; 6) statement regarding student disability services and policies;and, 7) reference to the GW Academic Integrity Code.
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