Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare

This month’s library exhibition focuses on the subject of teaching Shakespeare and includes summaries and ephemera from teaching staff who have either taught, or are currently teaching Shakespeare at different levels.

Pericles Headshot-125Those featured in the exhibition include alumnus Peter Malin who started his teaching career at the Cherwell School, a state comprehensive in North Oxford, in 1974. Peter says in his random, anecdotal musings “If your Shakespeare teaching goes pear-shaped, as it certainly will from time to time, don’t despair. Re-think, re-try, re-group, re-learn. Above all, never, never, ever lose faith in yourself, your students or Shakespeare”.


Laura Photo (2)Another alumna sharing her thoughts on the subject is Laura Nicklin, who has experienced teaching Shakespeare on many platforms, ranging from school based classroom English lessons and extracurricular groups, to informal work with children. Laura’s current doctoral research is with young offenders, considering courses that use teaching Shakespeare as an alternative method of criminal rehabilitation.


Group Spaces photoCameraWith his particular interest in the teaching of Shakespeare ‘active approaches’ i.e. the application of dramatic and theatrical methods at all levels and with all abilities is James Stredder. Many will know James from his book: The North Face of Shakespeare and his input in the Teaching Shakespeare journal.


Eoin PriceOur final alumnus is Eoin Price newly graduated from the University of Birmingham and lecturing at Swansea University where he convenes the Shakespeare in Context module. The course introduces Shakespeare by considering his inextricable historical, literary, and theatrical contexts.

The exhibition in currently on until Friday 6 February 2015.

Anne Phillips, Information Assistant


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