CSULA Department of English | Announcement

The English Department will offer a new course in Winter 2009, English 493 (“Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays”), which will be taught by Prof. McManus. Designed particularly for Single Subject Credential students but open to all who are interested in understanding Shakespeare’s plays more fully, the course will address the following practical questions: 

  • If I’m not a theater person, how can I use performance approaches in the classroom? 

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  • If I can’t 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 today’s students?  

  • What role does critical theory play in high school Shakespeare instruction? 

  • How can I link typical adolescent concerns—coming of age, rebelling against authority, balancing friendships with romantic relationships, creating an identity in a world fraught with gossip and pressures to conform—to the plays we’ll cover? 

  • 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 Shakespeare’s 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 and Juliet

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