1st Edition

Shakespeare, Education and Pedagogy Representations, Interactions and Adaptations

Edited By Pamela Bickley, Jenny Stevens Copyright 2023
    222 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume captures the diverse ways in which Shakespeare interacts with educational theory and practice. It explores the depiction of learning and education in the plays, the role of Shakespeare as pedagogue, and ways in which the teaching of Shakespeare can facilitate discussion of some of the urgent questions of modern times.

    The book offers a wide range of perspectives – historical, theoretical, theatrical. The Renaissance humanist learning underpinning Shakespeare’s own work is explored in essays that consider how the complexity of Shakespeare’s drama challenges early-modern pedagogical orthodoxies. From close analysis of individual, solitary reflection on Shakespeare’s writing, the book moves outward to engage with contemporary social issues around inclusivity, society, and the planet, demonstrating the many educational contexts in which Shakespeare is currently appropriated. Engaging with current questions of the value of literary study, the book testifies to the potentialities of an empowering Shakespearean pedagogy.

    Bringing together voices from a variety of institutions and from a wide range of educational perspectives, this volume will be essential reading for academics, researchers and post-graduate students of Shakespeare, literature in education, pedagogy and literary theory.

    Part 1: Shakespeare as Educator Across Time 1. ‘More Ripe’ Wit and Female Allure in Pericles: Teaching the Teacher Jean Lambert  2. Dryden, Shakespeare, and Learning the Trade: ‘I Have Profess’d to Imitate the Divine Shakespeare’ Stephen Watkins  3. The Rise of the Working-Class Shakespeare Reader Andrew Murphy  4. The Female Lecturer and Shakespeare’s Heroines: A Performative Pedagogy Pamela Bickley  5. Lifting Shakespeare Off the Page in the Twentieth-Century Classroom Jenny Stevens  6. Shakespeare’s Radical Presence: Current Theorizing of the Plays as Expressive of Social Justice Sean McEvoy  Part 2: The Representation of Education and Learning in the Plays  7. Religious Instruction in Shakespeare’s Plays: Measure for Measure Alison Shell  8. Learning to Love in Shakespearean Comedy: ‘Kiss[ing] by the Book’ Jane Kingsley-Smith  9. Women Learning (and Learning From) the Classics: Ovid Now and Then Liz Oakley-Brown  10. Educating the Prince in Shakespeare’s History Plays: Learning to be King Andrew Hadfield  Part 3: Twenty-first-century Shakespeare: the Individual, the Community and the Wider World 11. Shakespeare and Close Reading: A Call for Sincerity Malcolm Hebron  12. Teaching Shakespeare and Social Media: How Many Facebook Friends Had Lady Macbeth? Carol Atherton  13. Shakespeare, Performance and Neurodiversity: Bottom’s Dream Robert Shaughnessy  14. Shakespeare through Trauma: Teaching in 2020 and Beyond Erin Sullivan  15. From Felon to Filmmaker: A Shakespearean Education Tom Magill  16. Shakespeare Pedagogy and Anti-Racist Curriculum Initiatives Laura B. Turchi  17. What Can Hamlet Teach Us About Queerness? Louisa Hann  18. Shakespeare and English Language Education Philip Seargeant  19. Shakespeare, University Education, and Anti-Racism in Kuwait: ‘A drop of water in the breaking gulf’ Katherine Hennessey  20. Co-opting ‘the Bard’ as Manager in the Anglophone World and the Netherlands: Shakespeare for Synergy? Kristine Johanson  21. Shakespeare, Climate Change and the Blue Humanities: Imagining an Oceanic Education Claire Hansen


    Pamela Bickley is joint-author with Jenny Stevens of three Arden Shakespeare books and taught formerly at Royal Holloway, University of London

    Jenny Stevens is lecturer in English Literature at City Lit London, UK.