DRAM 419/3.0 Special Studies III – BIPOC Adaptations of Shakespeare
In her seminal 2006 work A Theory of Adaptation Linda Hutcheon writes that adaptations interact with the adapted text to the point that they “disrupt elements like priority and authority” (174). As a result, adaptation can “destabilize both formal and cultural identity and thereby shift power relations” (174). In this class we will examine theatrical, operatic, cinematic, and music theatre adaptations of Shakespearean texts by BIPOC writers. What exactly is disrupted and shifted by works such as Djanet Sears’ Harlem Duet and Aimé Césaire’s Une Tempête (A Tempest)? Once we encounter these adaptations, can we ever read the Shakespearean “originals” the same way again, and how do these texts comment both on Shakespeare’s world and our own?
Instructor: Sarah Waisvisz