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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI3711 Inter-cultural Shakespeare

20 creditsClass Size: 34

Module manager: Dr Adam Strickson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The intercultural encounter is a dynamic, active encounter between different cultural groups, involving the exchange of ideas and practices in relation to Shakespeare. Inter/intra and trans cultural practices consider how elements of culture are absorbed, translated and transmitted across stagecrafts. It requires an ability to look deeply at both originating and target societies with an awareness of history and an attitude of tolerance and openness. Students will be encouraged to use their own cultural identity and theatre genres as a starting point from which to move towards an understanding and appreciation of the values of other individuals, groups and societies, and to the role of Shakespearean drama in cultural representation. This will be explored in practice.


This module introduces contemporary debates on culture and Identity in relation to performances of Shakespeare’s work. It focuses on the viewing and interpretation of Shakespearean drama in practice within different cultural frameworks. Students will explore key ideas and respond through practice to contemporary debates surrounding inter/intra /trans cultural performance.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to research, plan and execute a small group performance of a section of a Shakespeare play taking into account current debates about intercultural theatre practice
2. Employ appropriate movement and/or voice sequences and/or techniques drawn from cultures other than their own in the creation of performance work
3. Critically engage with performances of Shakespeare’s plays (live or on film) in an intercultural context
4. Critically examine a range of selected literature on the topic of intercultural theatre, selected from the booklist and during the module sessions.

Skills outcomes
Translation of theatrical codes from one stagecraft system to another in practice.


The module will critique the notions of ‘inter/intra and trans culturalism’, and develop an analytical frame by which students can investigate and understand cultural practices in the work of William Shakespeare. Students will be required to work with practice to explore issues of cultural contextualisation of his work.
Exemplar content :
• Inter/intra/trans cultural performances : identifying the strands and motivations;
• International theatre and performance genres and codes;
• The cultures of performance – language, self, social setting, stagecraft;
• Translating and transmitting cultures of Shakespeare in Performance;
• Challenging conventions in staging Shakespeare - integrative and disruptive interculturalism;

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment14.004.00
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours136.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

30 Online learning : watching required performances & allied research using e.g. digital repositories
50 Reading: book based and journal research
86 Research and preparation for practical work

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored through observation of participation in practical sessions.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical25 min Small Group Practical: 15 minute scene, 10 minute viva (critical discussion) with assessing tutor.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Practical Small Group Performance with Programme note, as appropriate. Alternative assessment will take the form of a Lecture-demonstration addressing all 4 learning outcomes, detailing the considerations the candidate would take into account when preparing/directing a scene of intercultural Shakespeare presented by a group of 3 to 5 people.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:25


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