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Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

Editor(s): Margaret Dupuis, Grace Tiffany

Pages: xii & 248 pp.
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9781603291194 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781603291187 (cloth)


“This collection is essential reading for beginning instructors and for seasoned veterans. The editors should be commended for making available such a useful and rich array of pedagogical strategies.”
Katherine Scheil, University of Minnesota

The impetus for this Approaches to Teaching volume on The Taming of the Shrew grew from the editors’ desire to discover why a play notorious for its controversial exploration of conflicts between men and women and the challenges of marriage is enduringly popular in the classroom, in the performing arts, and in scholarship. The result is a volume that offers practical advice to teachers on editions and teaching resources in part 1, “Materials,” while illuminating how the play’s subtle and complex arguments regarding not just marriage but a host of other subjects—modes of early modern education, the uses of clever rhetoric, intergenerational and class politics, the power of theater—are being brought to life in college classrooms. The essays in part 2, “Approaches,” are written by English and theater instructors who have taught in a variety of academic settings and cover topics including early modern homilies and music, Hollywood versions of The Taming of the Shrew, and student performances.

M. G. Aune
Bruce E. Brandt
Douglas Bruster
Sheila T. Cavanagh
Alice Dailey
Silver Damsen
Laurie Ellinghausen
Laura Grace Godwin
Anne F. Gossage
Peter H. Greenfield
Jay L. Halio
Peter C. Herman
James Hirsh
Shawn Kairschner
Wesley Kisting
Cynthia Lewis
Todd M. Lidh
Laury Magnus
Robert Matz
Margaret Maurer
Michael McClintock
Joseph M. Ortiz
Meg F. Pearson
Joseph Ricke
Edward L. Rocklin
James M. Welsh

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