Shakespeare, Education and Pedagogy
Representations, Interactions and Adaptations
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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.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Shakespeare as Educator Across Time 1. ‘More Ripe’ Wit and Female Allure in Pericles: Teaching the Teacher 2. Dryden, Shakespeare, and Learning the Trade: ‘I have profess’d to imitate the Divine Shakespeare’ 3. The Rise of the Working-Class Shakespeare Reader 4. The Female Lecturer and Shakespeare’s Heroines: a Performative Pedagogy 5. Lifting Shakespeare off the Page in the Twentieth-Century Classroom 6. Shakespeare’s Radical Presence: Current Theorizing of the Plays as Expressive of Social Justice Part 2: The Representation of Education and Learning in the Plays 7. Religious Instruction in Shakespeare’s Plays: Measure for Measure 8. Learning to Love in Shakespearean Comedy: ‘Kiss[ing] by the book’ 9. Women Learning (and Learning From) the Classics: Ovid Now and Then 10. Educating the Prince in Shakespeare’s History Plays: Learning to be King Part 3: Twenty-first-century Shakespeare: the Individual, the Community and the Wider World 11. Shakespeare and Close Reading: A Call for Sincerity 12. Teaching Shakespeare and Social Media: How Many Facebook Friends Had Lady Macbeth? 13. Shakespeare, Performance and Neurodiversity: Bottom’s Dream 14. Shakespeare through Trauma: Teaching in 2020 and Beyond 15. From Felon to Filmmaker: A Shakespearean Education 16. Shakespeare Pedagogy and Anti-Racist Curriculum Initiatives 17. What Can Hamlet Teach Us About Queerness? 18. Shakespeare and English Language Education 19. Shakespeare, University Education, and Anti-Racism in Kuwait: ‘A drop of water in the breaking gulf’ 20. Co-opting ‘the Bard’ as Manager in the Anglophone World and the Netherlands: Shakespeare for Synergy? 21. Shakespeare, Climate Change and the Blue Humanities: Imagining an Oceanic Education
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.