When Ben Jonson immortalized Shakespeare as one who was “not of an age but for all time,” he never could have imagined the shapes, forms, and local habitations Shakespeare would take on through the ages. Transmedial Shakespeare will investigate some of those shapes and forms and will provide an overview of some of the modes of existence of Shakespeare as both textual artifact and cultural icon. While looking at how Shakespeare as text and image has been reimagined and reinvented in various media, the course will emphasize how the transmedial transaction is never purely aesthetic or merely formalistic but also subject to complex mediations of cultures and histories.


  1. April 2, 2011 at 4:35 am

    This is a fascinating site. Are these projects done by students? Where do you teach?

    Mike LoMonico, FOlger Shakespeare Library

    • judyick
      April 2, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Thank you for your interest in our site (and for reminding me that I should have put this information up front in the first place.) The site is a joint project of two classes on the topic “Transmedial Shakespeare” that I was teaching simultaneously at the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University this past semester. The blog posts are projects by students in these classes.

      Judy Ick, Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines

  2. May 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm


    My name is Daphne Boey, and I came across your interesting site whilst doing research on Shakespeare in Asia.

    I noticed you’ve included a link to SPIA under your “Website Reviews” tab.

    I am currently involved in a project called Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive, and I think you might be interested in what we have to offer. We provide a fully multilingual archive of intercultural adaptations of Shakespeare in the region. We at A|S|I|A believe in communication and discussion – our aim is to provide a platform for discourse on intercultural Shakespeare and we have made many provisions to ensure that we provide many such tools for interaction on our archive. We would love it if you could check us out.

    If you would like more information, do feel free to drop me a mail. I will not be attaching my email address to this comment (for fear of spam), but will be keeping an eye out for your response, if you feel so inclined.

    You can find us at http://a-s-i-a-web.org/

    See you there!

    – Daphne Boey, A|S|I|A.

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