This conference addresses resonant episodes in the teaching of Shakespeare in America. It brings scholars of English and American cultures and literatures into productive conversation with historians of rhetoric and education. Fresh case studies are drawn from the earliest relevant archival discoveries through the first third of the twentieth century. Among other topics, individual papers investigate shifting emphases in the Shakespearean canon, the impact of college entrance requirements on classroom instruction, and (what was deemed to be) historically accurate staging for productions at the Chicago World’s Fair, with the subsequent distribution of abbreviated school texts. A roundtable discussion with the commentators will probe the place of this new work in our intellectual heritage and discursive traditions.
The conference has been designated a "We the People" project by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, W.W. Norton & Company, and Simon & Schuster, Inc. are corporate sponsors.
Travel grants are available by application before 3 January 2007. See website for details.
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