Queen Mary Summer School

Global Shakespeare

Overview

Academic Lead: Professor David Schalkwyk

How and why are Shakespeare’s plays performed, filmed, read and taught from China to Chile, from Singapore to South Africa? What makes Shakespeare a “global” force?  Shakespeare's plays display the vast panoply of human desires and emotions: from passionate love to bewildering fear, from unswerving loyalty to basest envy, from the noblest instances of self-sacrifice to the desire to inflict unspeakable pain. His depictions of these emotions are often shocking in their vividness, yet always recognisable as fundamental facets of human experience. This course will look at Shakespeare’s afterlives in different parts of the world, and include hands-on workshops in which we will try out different possible ways of interpreting “global” plays like Antony and Cleopatra.

Course aims

This course aims to introduce students to a range of recent developments in Shakespeare’s afterlives around the globe, allowing them:

  • to understand the global cultural exchange and globalization more generally as a force in the dissemination of Shakespeare in the twenty-first century;
  • to grasp the ways in which Shakespeare's plays themselves engage with worlds beyond early modern England as a way of exploring and representing Shakespeare's own world;
  • use global theory and criticism to analyse and interpret a range of Shakespearean (and other early modern) texts;
  • understand the history of the theory of tragedy and its significance for understanding Shakespearean tragedy in a globalized world;
  • read Shakespearean texts closely, in a historically and theoretically informed way, and convey such interpretations in appropriately scholarly forms of discourse and writing in the light of the latest available research findings.

Teaching and learning

In the heart of Shakespeare's London, a short tube ride away from the Globe Theatre, you will discover and debate a range of recent developments in Shakespeare studies, and learn to read carefully, think deeply, and write clearly. That is--

  • to read Shakespearean texts closely, in a historically and theoretically informed way, and convey your interpretations in appropriately scholarly forms of discourse and writing
  • to analyse cinematic works that take Shakespeare's plays as their source text or their inspiration, from a range of countries around the globe including Japan, India, Mexico, and Malaysia to grasp the ways in which Shakespeare's plays themselves engage with worlds beyond early modern England, as a way of exploring and representing Shakespeare's own world; and
  • to understand global cultural exchange, and globalisation more generally, as a force for the dissemination of Shakespeare in the twenty-first century.

Fees

The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £1,650 per session, which includes tution and social programme. 

We offer a 10% discount to:

  • Students and staff from partner institutions
  • Alumni
  • Current Queen Mary students 

Accommodation

The cost of accommodation is approximately £500 per session. For further information, please visit our  page.

Additional costs and course excursions

There may be additional costs for field trips, such as entry to exhibitions or theatre tickets, which will be in the region of £20-30.
All reading material will be provided online, so it is not necessary to purchase any books.

Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.

Entry requirements

To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.

We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:

  • if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA
  • if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+

We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.

English language requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join the Queen Mary Summer School:

  • If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country plus Canada you may use this degree to satisfy the English language requirements for entry, provided the degree was completed no more than 5 years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.
  • IELTS, 7 overall or higher
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 100 (L22; S25; R24; W27)
  • China UEE (University Entrance Exam) -  110
  • CET 4 – 550 or CET 6 – 490
  • PTE Academic 68
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English 185 70- grade C (old marking system)
  • Applicants with an alternative qualification should check it is equivalent to the above or contact us at summerschool@qmul.ac.uk

How to apply

Applications are open! 

Check out our accommodation and fee discount deadlines.

Have a question? Get in touch, one of the team will be happy to help.

Application deadline: 26 May 2019

What do I need to apply?

You’ll need to upload the following documents together with your online application:

  • your current academic transcript or your record of studies to date
  • evidence of your English Language proficiency, if your first language isn’t English
  • a written statement explaining why you'd like to attend the Summer School
  • a copy of your passport

What do I do next? 

  • work with your home university adviser to select the courses you want to study at Queen Mary and ensure they are approved/can transfer back to your own institution
  • gather your transcripts and your proof of language proficiency 
  • check that you meet the eligibility criteria
  • fill out our online applicaiton form

What happens then?

  • we make a decision on your application within 5 days of your application date and send you an offer letter
  • you accept our offer
  • apply for a visa (if you need it)
  • book your flights to London**
  • read all of our pre-departure emails carefully before you arrive
  • pack and get ready for your stay in London
  • arrive in London and move into your new home with us on campus
  • join the welcome programme and start your course
  • complete all your welcome programme/orientation tasks
  • enjoy your time at Queen Mary!

** Please don’t connect or enter the UK via Ireland, as there are visa restrictions.

Teaching dates
Session Two: 22 July - 9 August 2019
Course hours
150 hours (of which 45 contact hours)
Assessment
2,500-word essay (75%) Class articipation and preparation (25%)

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