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Teaching the Early Modern Period

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0235  Monday, 19 September 2011

From:         Lowell Duckert < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 14:05:36 -0400

Subject:      Teaching the Early Modern Period

 

Teaching the Early Modern Period 

Edited by Derval Conroy and Danielle Clarke

 

“This book is an excellent addition to materials on pedagogy not simply for the early modern period but in general. The range of responses is fittingly diverse and much thought has been put into designing a well-crafted and innovative collection. The key importance of the volume is its geographical, disciplinary, and cultural range. One of the great virtues of this book is its diversity, and it will appeal to scholars, postgraduates, and teachers in the UK, USA, Europe, and Australia.”—Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester, UK

 

Teaching the Early Modern Period is an innovative project that brings together leading early modernists drawn from a wide geographical and disciplinary background. Scholars from English, History, and French Studies unite in this unique volume to examine the challenges, and solutions to those challenges, which the early modern period provides in the third-level classroom. Nine essays are interspersed with fourteen shorter reflections by contributors from Ireland, the UK, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, Canada, and the USA; the volume hence provides a rare transcontinental insight into current pedagogical praxis in a number of Western national traditions, presenting a wide range of case-studies of how research can inform teaching from scholars who refuse to accept a divorce between the two.

 

 

CONTENTS:

 

Introduction; D. Clarke & D. Conroy

 

The Scholarship of Teaching the Early Modern: An Overview; D. Conroy

 

 

Part I: The Early Modern in the Digital Age

 

Renaissance Teaching and Learning: Humanist Pedagogy in the Digital Age and What It Might Teach Us; D. Clarke

 

Information Revolutions Past and Present, and Teaching the Early Modern Period; P. Dover

 

 

Part II: The Early Modern and Its Others

 

'Other voices': The Early Modern Past in Provincial America; J. Dewald

 

Exploring the Limits of the Thinkable; S. Stuurman

 

Lobola, the Intombi, and the Soft-Porn Centaur:  Teaching King Lear in the Post-Apartheid South African Classroom; D. Seddon

 

Windows of Gold; R. Whelan

 

A Renaissance Woman Adrift in the World; M. E. Wiesner-Hanks

 

Worlds Apart, Worlds Away: Integrating the Early Modern in the Antipodes; S. Broomhall

 

Paradise Regained? Teaching the Multicultural Renaissance; J. Grogan

 

Shakespeare and the Problem of the Early Modern Curriculum; A. Hadfield

 

 

Part III: The Early Modern in the Contemporary Classroom: Course Design and Classroom Practice

 

An Early Modern Challenge: Finding the Student In-Road; P. Cheney

 

Teaching Shakespeare Historically; M. Burnett

 

The Importance of Being Endogenous; A. Viala

 

Literature, Philosophy and Medicine: Strategies for an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Seventeenth Century; B. Höfer

 

Versailles; H. Goldwyn

 

Paradoxical Creativity: Using Censorship to Develop Critical Reading and Thinking; K. Waterson

 

T-shirt Day, Utopia and Henry VIII's Dating Service: Using Creative Assignments to Teach Early Modern History; C. Levin

 

The Importance of Boredom in Learning About the Early Modern; C. Sullivan

 

 

Part IV: Performing the Early Modern

 

French Seventeenth-Century Theatre: Saying is Believing; H. Phillips

 

Teaching Early-Modern Spectacle through Film: Exploring Possibilities,  Challenges, and Pitfalls through a French Corpus; G. Spielmann

 

Relevance and Its Discontents: Teaching Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette; A. Wygant

 

Presence, Performance, and Critical Pleasure: Play and Prerequisites in Research and Teaching; C. Biet

 

 

Derval Conroy is Lecturer in French at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published extensively on women and women writers in seventeenth-century France.

 

Danielle Clarke is Associate Professor of English Renaissance Language and Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published widely on questions of gender, language, and representation in the early modern period.

 

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