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Shakespeare's plays have a considerable cinematic history, beginning with silent films. There has been a steady stream since, with some swells of particularly strong interest. As with Shakespeare’s stage history, his history in film allows us to explore the playwright’s text and to see how a film ‘s interpretation may express its own time, place, and culture. Certain themes and questions rise to greater prominence at different historical moments, or in the hands of different directors; productions have ranged from the austere to the extravagant. The class will read six of Shakespeare’s plays, moving from early to late works and will watch parts of various filmed versions. Our texts will include comedy, tragedy, history, and romance. This course fulfills the pre-1860 requirement.

This is an online/virtual synchronous course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts virtual courses are designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about virtual course policies and expectations, please visit

This section is open to high school students who are rising 11th or 12th grade students. High School students will be prompted to submit an additional application after enrollment including: a high school transcript, letter of recommendation, parental permission, and other required consent forms.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

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Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

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School of Arts & Sciences