The English Department will offer a new course in Winter 2009,
English 493 (ÂApproaches to Teaching ShakespeareÂs PlaysÂ),
which will be taught by Prof. McManus. Designed particularly for
Single Subject Credential students but open to all who are
interested in understanding ShakespeareÂs plays more fully, the
course will address the following practical questions:
If I canÂt understand
the language, how will I help my students to do so?
How can I make the history
plays or the Roman plays relevant to todayÂs students?
What role does critical
theory play in high school Shakespeare instruction?
How can I link typical
adolescent concernsÂcoming of age, rebelling against authority, balancing
friendships with romantic relationships, creating an identity in a world
fraught with gossip and pressures to conformÂto the plays weÂll
How can I transform
seemingly dry and esoteric information, such as the textual notes indicating
differences between quarto and folio editions, into fun, engaging
assignments that stimulate critical thinking?
How have ShakespeareÂs
plays been interpreted or even rewritten to serve different political and
cultural agendas throughout the past four centuries?
To what extent has
Shakespeare become a global author?"
Plays will include Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Macbeth,
Othello, 1 Henry IV, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and
(depending on student interest) either The Taming of the Shrew or Romeo