Shakespearean Educations: Power, Citizenship, and Performance

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Coppélia Kahn, Heather S. Nathans and Mimi Godfrey

Denise Albanese, Jonathan M. Burton, Dayton Haskin, Nan Johnson, Coppélia Kahn, Rosemary Kegl, Theodore Leinwand, Marvin McAllister, Jennifer Mylander Heather S. Nathans, and Elizabeth Renker.

February 2011 • ISBN 978-1-64453-147-1 • $102.95

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Shakespearean Educations examines how and why Shakespeare’s works shaped the development of American education from the colonial period through the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair, taking the reader up to the years before the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 (popularly known as the GI Bill), coeducation, and a nascent civil rights movement would alter the educational landscape yet again. The essays in this collection query the nature of education, the nature of citizenship in a democracy, and the roles of literature, elocution, theater, and performance in both. Expanding the notion of “education” beyond the classroom to literary clubs, private salons, public lectures, libraries, primers, and theatrical performance, this collection challenges scholars to consider how different groups in our society have adopted Shakespeare as part of a specifically “American” education. Shakespearean Educations maps the ways in which former slaves, Puritan ministers, university leaders, and working class theatergoers used Shakespeare not only to educate themselves about literature and culture, but also to educate others about their own experience.

About the Editors

Coppélia Kahn is Professor Emerita of English at Brown University. She is the author of Man’s Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare (University of California Press, 1981), Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds and Women (Routledge, 1997), and coeditor of Making a Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (Routledge, 1985). She was president of the Shakespeare Association of America in 2008-9.

Heather S. Nathans is Alice and Nathan Gantcher Professor in Judaic Studies and Department Chair, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University. Her publications include Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Slavery and Sentiment on the American Stage, 1781-1861 (Cambridge University Press, 2009. Nathans is the President of the American Theatre and Drama Society.

Mimi Godfrey is managing editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, published by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC. She has written on Old and Middle English literature and Chaucer, including essays published in ExemplariaAssays: Critical Approaches to Medieval and Renaissance Texts, and Texas Studies in Literature and Language.