Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

  • Editors: 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

Preface

PART ONE: MATERIALS

Margaret Dupuis

Editions

Complete Editions of Shakespeare

Single Editions

Teaching Resources

Sources

Background Material

References and Guides

Performance History

Performance Pedagogy

Critical Texts

Shrew on Film

Online Sources

PART TWO: APPROACHES

Introduction

Grace Tiffany

Language and Texts

Teaching Form in The Taming of the Shrew

Douglas Bruster

A Puzzle for Students: Is Shakespeare’s Shrew Tamed or Unmasked?

Jay L. Halio

Teaching Wit: Attention to Barbed Dialogue in The Taming of the Shrew

Laurie Ellinghausen

Pervasive Contentiousness in The Taming of the Shrew

James Hirsh

Reading Bianca

Margaret Maurer

Reversing the Polarity: Teaching Textual Practices through The Taming of the Shrew

Laura Grace Godwin

Contexts

The Taming of the Shrew as Introduction to a Shakespeare Course

Peter H. Greenfield

“To Serve, Love, and Obey”: The Taming of the Shrew and Early Modern Marriage

Robert Matz

“The Woman Is a Weak Creature”: The Homily of Matrimony and The Taming of the Shrew

Peter C. Herman

Music, Ovid, and the Renaissance Classroom in The Taming of the Shrew

Joseph M. Ortiz

“To Teach Both Sexes Due Equality”

Todd M. Lidh

Kate, the Commonplace: The Framing of the Shrew

Joseph Ricke

“Practise Rhetoric in Your Common Talk”: The Taming of the Shrew as an Exercise in Rhetorical Strategy

Margaret Dupuis

Teaching through and about Performance

Fifteen Women and Nick Sly, the Astrophysicist: Staging Critical Engagements with The Taming of the Shrew

Alice Dailey and Shawn Kairschner

Students Stage Shrew! The Theater as Classroom

Cynthia Lewis

What Does the Induction Do? Introducing Concepts of Action

Edward L. Rocklin

The Teaching of A Shrew: Exploring Textual Differences through Classroom Performance

Michael McClintock

The Harlequin The Taming of the Shrew

Bruce E. Brandt

Scenes from a Renaissance Marriage: The Taming of the Shrew on Film

James M. Welsh

Whose Play Is It, Anyway? Viewing The Taming of the Shrew Pedagogically

Sheila T. Cavanagh

Short Takes

Playing with the Meat of the Matter: A Props Exercise

Anne F. Gossage

Using Performance to Teach Textual Skepticism in The Taming of the Shrew

M. G. Aune

Cross-Dressing, Comic Power Inversions, and “Supposes”: Performing the Beginning and the End of The Taming of the Shrew

Laury Magnus

Dominating Humor in The Taming of the Shrew

Silver Damsen

What’s in a Word? Teaching Play with the OED

Grace Tiffany

“She Strikes Him”: Stage Work and The Taming of the Shrew

Meg F. Pearson

Performance DVD: From the Stage to the Page (and Back Again)

Wesley Kisting

Notes on Contributors

Contributors and Survey Respondents

Works Cited

Index