Shakespeare From Stage to Screen

Explore some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays and learn how directors successfully translate them from stage to screen, with renowned Shakespearean expert Dennis Huston, Ph.D.

Join renowned Shakespearean scholar Dennis Huston, Ph.D., to study the world’s most famous playwright. A Rice emeritus professor, Dr. Huston makes a rare return visit to the Glasscock School to reprise this popular class contrasting stage versions of selected Shakespeare plays with their screen adaptations. This course features a trio of love stories, including “Romeo and Juliet,” “Twelfth Night” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” Language often has less importance in film than on stage because of visual effects such as close-ups, camera angles and focus. Dr. Huston examines these and other techniques directors use to translate Shakespeare’s plays to the screen while retaining their great emotional impact. Whether you are a Shakespeare fan, a film buff or simply seeking an introduction to the Bard, enhance your appreciation of William Shakespeare and the directors who have preserved his legacy from stage to screen.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM2901.F18.1 Dennis Huston On-campus 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Instructor: Dennis Huston

J. Dennis Huston, Ph.D., is the Gladys Louise Fox Professor Emeritus of English at Rice University. From 1969 through his retirement in 2017, he taught humanities, drama, public speaking, freshman English and Shakespeare on film, among other topics. Dr. Huston has won a number of George R. Brown teaching awards, Nicholas Salgo Teaching Prizes and received the 1990 Professor of the Year award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation. Dr. Huston holds a doctorate from Yale University and is the author of “Shakespeare’s Comedies of Play.” Houston Metropolitan Magazine previously named Dr. Huston one of the “Ninety Best Things About Houston.”

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 19, 2018

End Date: Oct. 24, 2018

Schedule: 7-9 p.m.

Length: Six Wednesdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $225

Early Registration: $215 if registering by Sept. 5

Rice Alumni: $203

CEUs: 1.2

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