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Term 1 Schedule

In 2017-18, the primary text for Term 1 will be Troilus and Cressida, which students should purchase in the Arden edition (ed. David Bevington, revised edition 2015).

Week 1: Introduction

Primary texts: Troilus and Cressida

Kidnie, Margaret Jane (2005) ‘Where is Hamlet? Text, Performance, and Adaptation’ in Barbara Hodgdon & W. B. Worthen [eds] A Companion to Shakespeare and Performance, Chichester: Blackwell, pp. 101-20.

Sanders, Julie (2016) ‘What is Adaptation?’ and ‘What is Appropriation?’ in Adaptation and Appropriation, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 17-41.

Secondary texts:

Bevington, David (2015) ‘Introduction’ to The Arden Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, Revised Edition, London and New York: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, pp. 1-123.

Leitch, Thomas (2012) ‘Adaptation and Intertextuality, or, What isn’t an Adaptation, and What Does it Matter?’ in Deborah Cartmell [ed.] A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation, Chichester: Blackwell, pp. 87-104.

Week 2: Shakespeare's intertextuality

Primary texts: selections from Homer, Chaucer, Henryson (PDFs available to download from the course Moodle)

If you find Chaucer's Middle English a struggle, you can read the same excerpts from Troilus and Criseyde in a modern translation here:

  • Book 1, 1-203: pp. 3-6
  • Book 2, 687-812: pp. 36-8
  • Book 4, 1212-end: pp. 112-20
  • Book 5, 666-770: pp. 132-4
  • Book 5, 1023-99: pp. 139-40
  • Book 5, 1751-end: pp. 151-3

You can also read a modern translation of Henryson's The Testament of Cresseid here.

Secondary text: Bevington, David (2015) ‘“Instructed by the Antiquary Times”: Shakespeare’s Sources’ in The Arden Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, Revised Edition, London and New York: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, pp. 409-31.

Archival material: Historical Texts Online

Week 3: Early adaptations

Primary text: John Dryden, Troilus and Cressida, or Truth Found Too Late (1679) in Maximillian E. Novak and George Robert Guffey (1984) (eds), The Works of John Dryden, Volume 13, Oxford: Oxford University Press, AND/OR Internet Archive scan of original 1679 printing

Secondary text: Bernhardt, W. W. (1969) ‘Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida and Dryden’s Truth Found too Late, Shakespeare Quarterly, 20: 2, pp. 129-141.

Archival material: Folger Digital Image Collection

Week 4: Neglect and Rediscovery

Primary texts:

Prompt books from the Folger Shakespeare Library (selected pages TBC)


Archival material from William Poel's 1912 production (PDFs available to download from the Moodle)

Secondary text: Thomson, Peter (2008) ‘William Poel’ in John Russell Brown [ed.] The Routledge Companion to Directors’ Shakespeare, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 356-73.

Week 5: Troilus and war

Primary text: Olivia Manning, The Great Fortune (1960)

Secondary texts: Mooney, Harry J. (1982) ‘Olivia Manning: witness to history’ in Thomas F. Staley [ed.] Twentieth-Century Women Novelists, London: Macmillan, pp. 39-60.

Meyers, Jeffrey (2009) 'The Play’s the Thing', The New Criterion 28:1, pp. 22-7.

Optional screening: Fortunes of War (60-minute episode, BBC, 1987), 5pm, Monday 30 October, H058.

Week 7: Troilus in New York

Primary texts: New York Shakespeare Festival archival material (PDF available to download from the Moodle)

Papp, Joseph (1967) ‘Directing Troilus and Cressida in Bernard Beckerman and Joseph Papp [eds] The Festival Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, New York: Macmillan, pp. 23-72.

Week 8: Troilus on TV

Primary text: Troilus and Cressida (BBC TV Shakespeare, 1981)

Secondary text: Willis, Susan (1991) Troilus and Cressida and Jonathan Miller’ in The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon, Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, pp. 229-59.

Archival material: BBC Shakespeare Archive (password here)

Week 9: Postcolonial Troiluses

Primary texts: Ngākau Toa’s Maori adaptation A Toroihi rāua ko Kāhiri (2012 - in Maori with English synopsis)


The Wooster Group’s adaptation Cry, Trojans! (2013 – only rehearsal videos available)

Secondary texts:

Silverstone, Catherine (2013) ‘Festival showcasing and cultural regeneration’, in Susan Bennett and Christie Carson [eds] Shakespeare Beyond English: A Global Experiment, Cambridge University Press, pp. 35-47.

Fowler, Benjamin (2014) ‘Culture Clash: What the Wooster Group revealed about the RSC (and British theater hegemony) in Troilus & Cressida, Shakespeare Bulletin, 32: 2, pp. 207-33.

LeCompte, Elizabeth, Kate Valk and Maria Shevtsova (2013) ‘A Conversation on The Wooster Group’s Troilus and Cressida with the RSC’, New Theatre Quarterly, 29: 3, pp. 233-46.

Optional screening: Road to the Globe: Troilus and Cressida (52-minute documentary, 2013), 5pm, Monday 27 November, H058.

Week 10: Troilus and visual art

Primary text: Eric Shanower, Age of Bronze Volume 3B: Betrayal Part 2 (2013)

Secondary texts:

Shanower, Eric (2005) ‘The Art of the Graphic Novel’, The ALAN Review, 32:2, pp. 32-6.

Shanower, Eric (2013) ‘Trojan Lovers and Warriors: The Power of Seduction in Age of Bronze’, in Silke Knippschild and Marta Garcia Morcillo [eds] Seduction and Power: Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts, London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 57-70.

Archival material: Folger Digital Image Collection