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.
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.
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
Current Queen Mary students
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.
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)