Nearly four centuries after his death, Shakespeare’s
drama remains as popular as ever. Filmmakers have made no fewer than four
hundred adaptations of his plays since the advent of modern cinema and countless
authors have rewritten his plays into novels, poetry and other forms of drama.
In this class, our purpose will be twofold. First, we will explore the historical
context of Renaissance England to better understand how Shakespeare’s audiences
received his plays. With that base of knowledge, we will look at contemporary
rewritings of Shakespeare’s work, considering how modern artists have put
Shakespeare into the mold of their time.