The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0261 Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Date: July 5, 2010 10:08:41 AM EDT
Subject: Teaching Shakespeare at University Level
Would anyone be prepared to help me with some information related to the way
Shakespeare is taught at university level?
I am contemplating writing a book on Shakespeare's language. In terms of
coverage, it will be close to David Crystal's 2008 volume _Think on My
Words_, with chapters on graphology, lexis, grammar, pragmatics, rhetorical
structures, verse and prose, and pronunciation. The book will be intended
mainly for undergraduate students of literature studying Shakespeare. It
will contain some elementary linguistics, but no prior knowledge of (or
special interest in) linguistics will be required.
My search of university websites, both in countries where English is a first
language and elsewhere, shows that Shakespeare is very widely taught, and
that Shakespeare's language is a commonly-covered topic. But I am anxious to
find out more about how much time is spent on the topic, to assess whether
there is a need for a book at all, and if so how much detail it should go
The specific questions I am seeking answers to are the following:
* Is Shakespeare's language covered as a topic in your department?
* How much time is devoted to the topic?
* Would you expect to recommend a book/books on the topic to students?
* If yes, would you expect students to buy it/them?
* Would you have use for a full textbook in the area, around which a course
could be built and which included activities for the students to do in class
or at home?
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Language Education
Department of Linguistics and English Language
University of Lancaster
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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