Swayam Central

Shakespeare Across Cultures

By Dr. Joseph Koyippally Joseph   |   Central University of Kerala

Shakespeare is the most translated, staged, filmed and studied author in world literature. He is adapted, localized, domesticated and appropriated on the page, stage, and other media in many languages and cultures across the world. This 4-credit course, which analyses how Shakespeare influences and is influenced by the languages and cultures of the world, is intended for postgraduate students of English Literature. The objectives of this course in which many Shakespeare experts in India will guide students are to analyse Shakespeare by using discourses of language, race, gender, identity and geopolitics, explore how Shakespeare is negotiated on page, stage, screen and classroom discourses, outline Shakespeare adaptations and the responses they evoke in diverse cultures, demonstrate how cultures transfigure Shakespeare in their literary and cultural terrain, illustrate the reasons for reworking and adapting Shakespeare in various cultures, show how contemporary viewers critically respond to the reworkings of Shakespeare, and find alternative frameworks to rework the essentially Eurocentric Shakespeare discourses.

Learners enrolled: 927


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2019
End Date : 30 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 10 Nov 2019
Enrollment Ends : 10 Sep 2019
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Postgraduate


    Week 1:
    Shakespeare Across Cultures: Introduction, Canon and Culture: Universality of Shakespeare

    Week 2:
    Cultural Imperialism Global Shakespeare, Colonialism and Shakespeare

    Week 3:
    Shakespeare and the Imperialism of the English Language, Shakespeare as Icon and Industry

    Week 4:
    Shakespeare and Modern Culture, Shakespeare Our Contemporary

    Week 5:
    Shakespeare on Page, Shakespeare on Stage, Shakespeare on Screen

    Week 6:
    Shakespeare in New Media, The Internet Shakespeare, Multicultural Shakespeare

    Week 7:
    Digital Shakespeare: Literary Informatics, Shakespearean Semiotics, Shakespeare Translations, 

    Week 8:
    Shakespeare and the Language of Translation, Rewriting and Adapting Shakespeare

    Week 9:
    Shakespeare as Children’s Literature, Shakespeare and Literary Polysystems, Challenges in Shakespeare Translation

    Week 10:
    Political and National Appropriations of Shakespeare, Cross-Cultural and Transcultural Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Cultural Materialism

    Week 11:
    Political Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Gender, Shakespeare and Race

    Week 12:
    Shakespeare and Popular Culture, Postcolonial Shakespeare, Intercultural Shakespeare

    Week 13:
    Shakespeare and Critical Theory, Localizing and Foreignizing Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Cultures of Performance

    Week 14:
    Shakespeare and Indigenous Performances, Shakespeare in Indian Language Translations

    Week 15:
    Shakespeare in Indian Language Adaptations, Shakespeare in India: Films

    Week 16:
    Shakespeare and India: Theatre, Shakespeare Scholarship in India



    Dr. Joseph Koyippally Joseph (Associate Professor)
    English and Comparative Literature
    Central University of Kerala

    Dr. Joseph Koyippally Joseph is an Associate Professor in English and Comparative Literature at the Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod. After MA in English (University of Kerala) and PhD on Shakespeare’s The Tempest (JNU), he worked taught English language and Literature at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Sherubtse College, Bhutan; and University of Hail, Saudi Arabia before the Central University of Kerala. He has published two books and more than 30 articles in journals and books. One of his area of interest are Shakespeare translations and adaptations in India and is guiding PhD theses on the subject focussing on Kerala. 


    30 Marks will be allocated for Internal Assessment and 70 Marks will be allocated for external proctored examination