General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Shakespeare
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Jacek Fabiszak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of English
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 15-SH-AMU-PIE-11



Module aim (aims)

To discuss the significance of Shakespeare in Western culture



Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

a good command of English (at least B2), a general knowledge of drama, theatre and literature


Week 1: Shakespeare: Introduction (life, works, theatre; artistic afterlife: adaptations


Week 2: Adapting Shakespeare


Week 3: Shakespeare on stage 1.


Week 4: Shakespeare on stage 2.


Week 5: Shakespeare on screen 1.


Week 6: Shakespeare on screen 2.


Week 7: Early Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors


Week 8: Shakespeare’s histories: 1Henry IV


Week 9: Shakespeare’s mature Romantic comedy: As You Like It


Week 10: Problem plays: Measure for Measure


Week 11: Tragedies: Macbeth


Week 12: Tragicomedies: The Tempest


Week 13: Roman plays: Julius Caesar


Week 14: Stage adaptation: Grzegorz Jarzyna’s 2007: Macbeth


Week 15: Film adaptation: Joseph Mankiewicz’s Julius Caesar


Week 15: Film adaptation: Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books

Reading list

Bloom, Harold. 1999. Shakespeare. The Invention of the Human. London: Fourth Estate.

De Grazia, Margreta and Stanley Wells (eds). 2009. Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hutcheon, Linda. 2006. A Theory of Adaptation. London – New York: Routledge.

Jackson, Russell (ed.) 2007. Shakespeare on Film. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Shaugnessy, Robert (ed.) 2007. Shakespeare and Popular Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wells, Stanley (ed.)1994. Shakespeare Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wells, Stanley and Sarah Stanton (eds.) Shakespeare on Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.