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Teaching Shakespeare at University Level
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0261  Tuesday, 6 July 2010

From:         Keith Johnson <
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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 
into.
 
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?
 
Thanks for any information you can send to 
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Keith Johnson
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Language Education
Department of Linguistics and English Language
University of Lancaster
Lancaster, United Kingdom
http://keithjohnsonhome.co.uk/default.aspx


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