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David Kranz
Professor of English and Coordinator of Film Studies

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phone: 717.245.1219
fax: 717.245.1942






My training as an undergraduate at Princeton and as a graduate student at Berkeley was primarily focused on Shakespeare and the literature of the English Renaissance. At Dickinson, I teach many different versions of Shakespeare courses, including “Shakespeare on Love,” “Shakespeare: The Psychology of the Tragic Hero,” and “Shakespeare on Film.” I have also developed some expertise in the study of theatrical and cinematic performance. My Shakespeare classes usally include field trips to see professional productions in New York and Washington DC, and I utilize in-class performance as a means of better understanding the plays. I also serve as dramaturg for co-curricular productions of Shakespeare presented by the Mermaid Players and Department of Theater and Dance. Finally, I have taught numerous film courses here, including the “American Gangster Film,” “Sexual Politics on Film,” “Western European Cinema,” and “Remakes and Adaptations.”

I have published several articles on Shakespeare, most of them dealing with the dramatist's special cultural representation of classical Rome. I have also written on King Lear, Macbeth, and cinematic Shakespeare. Recently, my research has begun to focus on contemporary cinema, especially the theory and practice of cinematic adaptation, about which I have recently published several articles.

Click here for Macbeth field trip and kilt demonstration.

Sample Course Syllabi
English 404: Senior Writing Workshop
English 403: Remakes and Adaptations
English 392: Shakespeare On Love
English 392:Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes: Psychological Explorations
English 339: The English Renaissance Sonnet
English 220: Critical Approaches and Literary Methods
English 212: Writing About the Movies
English 101: Sexual Politics on Film
English 101F: Shakespeare on Film
Film Studies 101: Introduction to Film Studies

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