New Summer Intersession Course

3300:489/589-401      Shakespeare: Text and Performance

SHAKESPEARE ON FILM is the focus of this Summer Intersession 2014 course

Selected plays are read closely and discussed.  Films are shown in class and analyzed, contrasting Shakespeare’s play text with the film maker’s modern interpretation.  Important films screened may include those by contemporary directors such as Luhrmann, Branagh, Radford, Doran, Taymor, and Zeffirelli.  Students in ALL MAJORS are welcome.  In addition, English majors, Education majors, Communication majors, and teachers should find SHAKESPEARE ON FILM an especially enjoyable, useful, and productive course.  Satisfies the undergraduate Shakespeare requirement, the graduate Shakespeare requirement, the graduate requirement for a British literature course before 1660, and the minor in popular literature and film requirement.



The English Department offers a master’s program in English and an MFA in Creative Writing, offered jointly with Cleveland State University, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University.  Our programs enroll approximately 80-90 students, many of whom are nontraditional in their academic, social, and cultural backgrounds.  Most graduate courses in English meet once or twice weekly in the late afternoon or evening, and on Saturday, for scheduling convenience and efficiency.  Since the master's degree is Akron's terminal degree in English, more attention is devoted to it than in some universities where the doctorate is the terminal degree.  Faculty are accessible, and graduate assistants participate in the governance of the English Department by electing a representative to attend faculty meetings.

Check the English Department's Graduate Booklet for more information.

Graduate Programs in English