The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.165 Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Date: April 2, 2014 at 10:58:33 AM EDT
Subject: Global Shakespeare (with Warwick)
Global Shakespeare (with University of Warwick)
Master of Arts (1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )
This is the only programme in the UK to focus on Shakespeare through the eyes of others. It allows you to form a critical perspective on Shakespeare as a global cultural phenomenon from Elizabethan England to the twenty-first century. You will examine the afterlife of his plays as they have been read, performed, adapted and translated not only linguistically but in performance practices, cultural contexts and various forms of new media across the world.
The programme combines theoretical, historical, performance and pedagogical approaches, with a strong digital and new-media component. You will be involved in developing cutting-edge methodologies for understanding Shakespeare as a product and catalyst of globalisation.
The Global Shakespeare MA provides a unique opportunity to experience postgraduate life with two world-leading institutions with strong expertise in the fields of Shakespeare, Renaissance studies, performance and Modern Languages- Queen Mary University of London (QML) and The University of Warwick. You will spend the first semester at QML, and spend time in the heart of London, accessing a wide variety of theatrical performances in venues such as the Globe, Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre and visiting the unrivaled museums, libraries and archives of the capital. The second semester, spent at the University of Warwick, will see you in close proximity to Stratford-upon-Avon with access to performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the outstanding research facilities of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
On this programme you will:
- Have access to the expertise and scholarship at both institutions
- Benefit from webinars with established Shakespeareans across the globe such as Brazil, South Africa, Italy and China
- Attend performances of Shakespeare at local theatres and engage with actors and directors in London and Stratford-upon-Avon
- Learn academic journalism through editorial experience and reviewing on the new electronic journal – Global Shakespeare
- Engage with local communities in exploring the significance of Shakespeare for them
This programme is ideal for graduates wishing to enter careers in academia, research, cultural organisations, theatres, teaching, publishing and new media.
The MA Global Shakespeare is available for one year full-time and two years part-time. You will spend semester one at QML and semester two at Warwick. You can choose at which institution you spend your dissertation period.
You will take four assessed modules before proceeding to a 15,000-word dissertation.
Part-time students take one module per semester, spreading the course over two years.
Assessed modules are taught in weekly two-hour seminars. In addition to these timetabled sessions, you will attend discussions and seminars on local Shakespeare productions and with visiting Shakespeareans from across the globe. You will be expected to attend meetings with your adviser and course tutor. The progress of your dissertation will be discussed in sessions with a designated supervisor. You will also need to undertake independent learning and research in order to progress at the required level.
Part-time students take one assessed module per semester. You are encouraged to begin work on your dissertation at the end of the first year. Teaching is generally done during the day.
At Queen Mary University of London:
- Global Shakespeare: History and Theory and Performance
This module introduces you to historical, methodological and material dimensions of studying Shakespeare in a global context by a generic study and close reading of Shakespeare and his writing in a historical context, and an examination of the afterlife of his plays as they have been read, performed, adapted and translated both linguistically and through various media in a global context.
At the University of Warwick: Practices of Translation: Or How to Do Things with Shakespeare
This module focuses on the transformations of Shakespeare’s texts by a range of translational practices, in the broadest sense of the word. Offering you the chance to experiment with different models of translation it will allow you to develop your own models and practice as a “translator” of Shakespeare in relation to performance criticism, literary translation and active pedagogy, especially in relation to the ways in which Shakespeare has been 'translated' into languages, performance practices, cultural contexts and in the new media across the world.
You will choose two modules from a full list of options across varied disciplines such as English, Drama and Theatre, Modern Languages, History and Geography.
At QML options may include:
- Global Interests in the Shakespearian World
- Public and Private Cultures in Renaissance England
- Post-colonialism Language and Identity
- Early Modern Drama in Performance
At Warwick options may include:
- Reviewing Shakespeare
- World Literature and World Systems
- Translation Studies in Theory and Practice
- The Legacies of Caliban in Latin America and the Caribbean
For more information contact:
Executive Officer Global Shakespeare
Phone: +44 (0)20 78826670