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Shakespeare in Cambodia

Asian Studies 2263
Three credit course, June 22- August 5, 2015

Offered in a distance learning format.

Course Description
This interdisciplinary course compares Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with a verse novel from Cambodian, Tum Teav, which has many similarities with Shakespeare's play. In each text the female protagonist is forced by her parents to marry someone against her will. As we analyze each text individually and comparatively, we suggest interpretations of the texts based on cultural systems and contexts that produce multiple possible meanings that can be ambiguous or in conflict with each other.

The course is taught by Dr. George V. Chigas (M.A. from Cornell University, Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London). Dr. Chigas is currently a lecturer in Cambodian Language and Culture in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts. For more information, please e-mail him at

Credit Options & Tuition
The course is a three credit course and can be taken for letter grade only. Tuition is $3,780.

Students must register through the Registrar's office at the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
B20 Day Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2801
Telephone: (607) 255-4987
Fax: (607) 255-9697

Hardware and Software Requirements

  • Microcomputer (Pentium or equivalent, Power Macintosh or better)
  • High-speed Internet connection (56k modem, Cable or DSL)
  • An Internet Service Provider, such as AOL, MSN, or other national or local ISP
  • A web browser such as Netscape, Microsoft Internet Explorer, or other Java capable browser. Netscape or Internet Explorer must be version 4.0 or greater. Students who need to upgrade their browser will be given instructions to do so either by downloading from the internet or from the course web site.
  • Familiarity with using a personal computer, browsing the web and downloading files.

Additional Course Information
For more information about course content contact:
George Chigas
Telephone: (617) 803-3307