Approaches to Teaching English Renaissance Drama

Overview

Many college students are familiar with the works of William Shakespeare but may know little about other playwrights of his era. This volume explores the compelling dramatic techniques and rich language found in a wide variety of both well-known and less-familiar Renaissance plays. A series of reading, performance, and research strategies is outlined for teachers who wish to encourage students to understand the English Renaissance from a fresh perspective. Like the other volumes in the Approaches to Teaching ...

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Overview

Many college students are familiar with the works of William Shakespeare but may know little about other playwrights of his era. This volume explores the compelling dramatic techniques and rich language found in a wide variety of both well-known and less-familiar Renaissance plays. A series of reading, performance, and research strategies is outlined for teachers who wish to encourage students to understand the English Renaissance from a fresh perspective. Like the other volumes in the Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this one offers classroom advice from experienced teachers. The first section, "Materials," surveys classroom practice and discusses the resources available to teachers, including editions, historical information on performance conditions, films and videos of productions, and related Internet sites. The second section, "Approaches," offers strategies for teaching the plays as performance, for introducing students to the language of Renaissance drama, and for demonstrating the collaborative nature of Renaissance authorship. Contributors also consider the plays in the context of racial, gender, religious, and class issues in the Renaissance and compare the dramas to Stuart masques, festive practices, and other art forms such as painting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873527743
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Preface to the Volume
Acknowledgments
Classroom Practice 3
Editions, Recommended Reading, Performance, the Internet 6
A Renaissance Filmography 13
Introduction: The Strangeness of Renaissance Drama 23
Texts That Won't Stand Still 29
Performance Conditions 35
Fair Counterfeits: A Bibliography of Visual Aids for Renaissance Drama 43
Teaching Texture in Jonson's The Alchemist 51
The Witch of Edmonton: A Model for Teaching Collaboration in the Renaissance 59
Responding to Renaissance Drama: One Way of Guiding Students 65
Vittoria's Secret: Teaching Webster's The White Devil as a Tragedy of Inscrutability 73
Against the Bogeyman in English Renaissance Drama 80
"Our Sport Shall Be to Take What They Mistake": Classroom Performance and Learning 87
Teaching Cary's The Tragedy of Mariam through Performance 95
Teaching History, Teaching Difference, Teaching by Directing Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness 99
Webbing Webster 106
Arden and the Archives 113
"This Strumpet Serves Her Own Ends": Teaching Class and Service in Early Modern Drama 120
Teaching the Details of Race and Religious Difference in Renaissance Drama 127
Historicizing Gender: Mapping Cultural Space in Webster's The Duchess of Malfi and Cary's The Tragedy of Mariam 134
Tragedy and the Female Body: A Materialist Approach to Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness and Webster's The Duchess of Malfi 142
Sex Matters 150
Teaching Drama as Festivity: Dekker's The Shoemakers' Holiday and Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle 158
How Much History Is Enough? Overcoming the Alienation of Early Modern Drama 165
Jonson's Bartholomew Fair and Brueghel's Children's Games 172
Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue: Introducing Undergraduates to Stuart Masques and Enjoying It 180
Contextualizing the Demonic: Marlowe's Dr. Faustus in the Classroom 186
Tamburlaine to Tarantino 191
Survey Participants 196
Notes on Contributors 198
Works Cited 202
Index of Playwrights 221
Index of Dramas 223
Index of Names 225
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