Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's The Tempest and Other Late Romances
Editor(s): Maurice Hunt
Pages: xii & 195 pp.
"This brief but informative book is a welcome addition to a series aimed at promoting serious and continuing discussion of the aims and methods of teaching literature.... The book is a valuable resource and teaching aid and may well encourage both experienced and inexperienced teachers of Shakespeare to experiment with similar methods themselves."
Theatre Research International
The casebound edition of this title is out of print.
This collection of essays, the second Approaches volume devoted to Shakespeare (the first discussed King Lear), covers four of the Bard's later plays: The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline, and Pericles. Developed from a survey of ninety-three faculty members who teach these romances, the volume presents both practical and imaginative approaches to presenting the works in the classroom.
Like other books in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this one is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," evaluates editions of the plays, recommends readings for students and teachers, and suggests aids to teaching. In the second part, "Approaches," the first five essays treat the late romances as a group, connecting them with Shakespeare's tragedies and with political discourse of the period, examining the father-daughter theme and viewing them as family romance, and defining the dramaturgy of the late romances. The remaining thirteen essays focus on specific plays and explain how to use performance, audiovisual aids, and various historical and critical approaches to enhance the plays' presentation.
Table of Contents
Approaches to Teaching The Tempest and Other Late Romances
PART 1: MATERIALS
- Complete Editions of Shakespeare
- Single Editions
Required and Recommended Student Readings
- The Instructor's Library
- Reference Works
- Background Studies
- Theatrical Studies
- Source and Textual Studies
- Critical and Linguistic Studies
Aids to Teaching
PART 2: APPROACHES
The Late Romances
The Late Plays as the Fulfillment of Shakespeare's Tragic Pattern
Jay L. Halio
Enframing Style and the Father-Daughter Theme in Early Shakespearean Comedy and Late Romance
Robert F. Willson, Jr.
Defining the Dramaturgy of the Late Romances
Michael E. Mooney
The Late Plays as Family Romance
Shakespeare's Romances and Jacobean Political Discourse
Donna B. Hamilton
Teaching "A Thing Perplex'd": Drawing Unity from the Confusion of Cymbeline
Teaching the Slandered Women of Cymbeline and The Winter's Tale
Teaching the Unrealistic Realism of The Winter's Tale
Bruce W. Young
Negotiating the Paradoxes of Art and Nature in The Winter's Tale
Charles R. Forker
Trusting Shakespeare's Winter's Tale: Metafiction in the Late Plays
William W. E. Slights
Making the Statue Move: Teaching Performance
Using Film and Television to Teach The Winter's Tale and The Tempest
Herbert R. Coursen
Teaching The Tempest and the Late Plays by Performance
Hugh M. Richmond
A Metacritical and Historical Approach to The Winter's Tale and The Tempest
The Utopias of The Tempest
Douglas L. Peterson
"An Odd Angle of the Isle": Teaching the Courtly Art of The Tempest
Kristiaan P. Aercke
Teaching The Tempest as the Art of "If"
Arthur F. Kinney
Shakespeare's Magic and Its Discontents: Approaching The Tempest
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