The Authorship question, thanks to Twitter

There was a fun thing going on yesterday on Twitter, the hashtag #askshakespeare being sponsored by Blogging Shakespeare.  Some prominent Shakespeare scholars were answering questions about Shakespeare.  This is fun, and I got involved as well, asking a few questions that I have been thinking about, and I got some great responses. One of the biggest … Continue reading The Authorship question, thanks to Twitter

The Author is Dead! or, My thoughts on Literary Criticism

In a German literature class I had last year, the professor had a favorite phrase, "The author is dead!", and by that she meant that readers cannot speak to what the author 'meant', or what the author 'wanted' to say.  We cannot say we know what the author was thinking, all we can do is … Continue reading The Author is Dead! or, My thoughts on Literary Criticism

Theatre in the classroom, or What I’d love to teach

I have a hard time reading drama. I don't picture things very well in my mind and I often get confused as to which character is which when they are speaking. I love to watch plays though - and often enjoy seeing a play that I didn't get much from when I read it. How should we teach theatre in the classroom to help students benefit from it?