Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

by Maurice Hunt
     
 

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Taught widely in high school and college, Romeo and Juliet may be Shakespeare's most accessible work. Teenagers and young adults identify with the play's interfamilial conflict, the love story, and the defiance of parental authority. Nevertheless, readers of all ages are often perplexed by the Bard's poetic language, the "unrealism" of the characters' eloquence,

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Taught widely in high school and college, Romeo and Juliet may be Shakespeare's most accessible work. Teenagers and young adults identify with the play's interfamilial conflict, the love story, and the defiance of parental authority. Nevertheless, readers of all ages are often perplexed by the Bard's poetic language, the "unrealism" of the characters' eloquence, and the embedded sonnets. Essays in this book address these challenges and others and offer instructors imaginative strategies for dealing with them. The first part, "Materials," reviews the most widely used anthologies of Shakespeare's plays and the many available editions of Romeo and Juliet, as well as background materials for the instructor and recommendations for student reading. The second part, "Approaches," presents practical ideas for the classroom. A final section describes scenarios for teaching the play through dramatic technique and for using Romeo and Juliet's many adaptations, including the popular Zeffirelli and Luhrmann films.

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Offers imaginative strategies for teaching in high school and college. Part I, Materials, reviews the most widely used anthologies of Shakespeare's plays and the many available editions of the play, as well as background materials for instructors and recommendations for student reading. Part II, Approaches, presents ideas for the classroom, showing how to teach the play in historical, social, and textual contexts or alongside other Shakespeare plays, and describing scenarios for teaching the play and its many adaptations. The editor is affiliated with Baylor University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873527583
Publisher:
Modern Language Association of America
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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