Reimagining Shakespeare for Children and Young Adults (Children's Literature and Culture Series)

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This is a collection of original essays about how Shakespeare and how his plays are increasingly being used as a means of furthering literacy, language arts, creative and dramatic learning for children in and out of the classroom. It is divided into three sections comprising essays by well-known children's book authors, literary scholars, and teachers, respectively, who approach the subject from a wide range of perspectives.
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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
"What's in a Name?": Collaborating with Shakespeare at the Millennium 1
I Biography, Adaptation, and Fictionalization 11
1 In Love with Shakespeare 13
2 The Story Behind the Man Behind the Plays 22
3 Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare! 29
4 "This is Young William": Shakespeare and the Cumulative Tale 39
5 "All the Colours of the Wind": Shakespeare and the Primary Student 44
6 Nutshells and Infinite Space: Stages of Adaptation 56
7 Puck's Gift 67
8 Shakespeare Speaks: Getting the Language Right 74
9 The Players, the Playmaker, and Us 81
II Interpretation and Critique 87
10 Staging Shakespeare's Children 89
11 Canning the Classic: Race and Ethnicity in the Lambs' Tales from Shakespeare 98
12 Alice Reads Shakespeare: Charles Dodgson and the Girl's Shakespeare Project 107
13 Strutting and Fretting on the Page: Representing Shakespeare's Theater in Illustrated Books 120
14 Mediating the Supernatural in Adaptations of Shakespeare for Children: Three Unique Productions through Text and Illustration 129
15 "The Play's the Thing": Genre and Adaptations of Shakespeare for Children 138
16 Promoting the Original: Perspectives on Balancing Authenticity and Creativity in Adaptations of The Tempest 147
17 First One I and Then the Other: Identity and Intertexuality in Shakespeare's Caliban and Covington's Lizard 153
18 Harry Potter and the Shakespearean Allusion 162
19 Playing with Shakespeare: Making Worlds from Words 171
20 Descending Shakespeare: Toward a Theory of Adaptation for Children 180
III Pedagogy and Performance 191
21 The Bard for Babies: Shakespeare, Bettelheim, and the Reggio Emilia Model of Early Childhood Education 193
22 Visions of Shakespeare in a Montessori Classroom 201
23 Shakespeare Steps Out: The Primacy of Language in Inner-City Classrooms 207
24 "Your Play Needs No Excuse": Shakespeare and Language Development in Children 217
25 Players, Playgrounds, and Grounds for Play: Play v. Theater v. Realism in a Touring Children's Version of King Lear 231
26 Presenting Shakespeare's Life and Times for Young People: An Outline Using Midsummer Night's Dream and Susan Cooper's King of Shadows 239
27 Understanding Texts and Contexts: Teaching Shakespeare to Future High School Teachers 252
28 Redistributing the Riches: Shakespearean Adaptation in Moss Gown and Mama Day 260
29 Learning by Playing: Performance Games and the Teaching of Shakespeare 269
30 Reimagining Shakespeare through Film 279
31 Performing Pedagogy 289
Bibliography 298
Contributors 305
Permissions 311
Index 312
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