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Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's The Tempest and Other Late Romances

Editor(s): Maurice Hunt

Pages: xii & 195 pp.
Published: 1992
ISBN: 9780873527088

"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

Maurice Hunt

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



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
Gary Waller

Shakespeare's Romances and Jacobean Political Discourse
Donna B. Hamilton

Specific Plays

Teaching "A Thing Perplex'd": Drawing Unity from the Confusion of Cymbeline
Cynthia Lewis

Teaching the Slandered Women of Cymbeline and The Winter's Tale
Dorothea Kehler

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
Kathleen Campbell

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
William Morse

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
Kay Stockholder

Works Cited

Books and Articles

Audiovisual Materials


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