104(1) Global/Local Shakespeare







Course Descriptions

Due to the globalization, the mobility of knowledge and labor has quickened. With the assistance of globalization, Shakespeare studies have reached five continents. Last year, the first Asian Shakespearean Association was founded, whose members are scholars dedicated to Shakespeare studies in Asia, coming from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Philippines, China, India, Europe and America. Because of frequent intercultural exchanges nowadays, Shakespeare is not an asset which belongs to the English culture alone. His works are adapted, appropriated and rewritten all over the world, springing up like mushrooms after rain, and productions range from stage performances, films, television adaptations, comics, animations, musicals, operas and in other forms of pop culture. This course will begin with an introduction to the rhythm of Shakespeares Sonnets and soliloquies. After being acquainted with the beauty of his verse, we will have selective readings of the Shakespeares plays, especially the ones the most related to the development of Shakespeare in Taiwan. By using manga adaptations to read Shakespeares texts, this course hopes to present diverse Shakespearean interpretations. The course curriculum includes reading Shakespeares texts in a scenario, role-playing, analyzing Shakespeare manga adaptations, staging a Shakespeare scene and other course activities to fulfill various learning and assessments.



Week 1: Introduction to Global/Local/Glocal Shakespeares

Week 2: Shakespeare's Sonnets

Week 3: A Soliloquy or a Scene Analysis

Week 4: Romeo and Juliet

Week 5: Shakespeare and Japanese Manga

Week 6: Reading Japanese Shakespeare

Week 7: Taiwanese and Japanese Manga Shakespeare Forum

Week 8: Othello

Week 9: Hamlet

Week 10: Shakespeare and Politics

Week 11: Shakespeare and London Theatre

Week 12: A Political Influence on Shakespeare Theatre

Week 13: Contemporary Shakespeare Performances


Teaching Method

This course offers 13-week lectures (in English). Every week contains 1 to 3 hours lectures, each of which is composed in a 10- to 15-minute film with 1 or 2 unit tests and individual assignments and collaborative learning activities. Online office hours are typically held from 7pm to 9pm every Monday, Taiwan time. The instructor will meet students in the virtual discussion room.




1. Unit Tests 60%: 20 unit tests, automatically graded by computer to give the immediate feedback to students before Week 13.

2. Two Assignments( (Instructor’s and Peer’s Grading)  40% : These two assignments will be randomly assigned to and graded by their peers and then by instructor. Each of the assignments accounts for 20%. Students should hand in on Week 7 and Week 13.  



Students who complete all course requirements and their score is above 60 out of 100 will earn a verified certificate.