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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0296 Thursday, 10 November 2011
Date: November 9, 2011 5:14:17 PM EST
Wanted: a Shakespearean scholar, PhD level, of any critical background or orientation, to sit on a doctoral committee.
I am an English major who has pursued graduate degrees in Education and who is now enrolled in a PhD program in adult learning theory. Currently in the exploratory stages of a dissertation on the effect of Shakespeare’s texts on the adult learner, I am interested in whether close encounters with the text (in the form of studying, acting, teaching, directing) may lead to change (serious ontological or epistemological change in the form of perspective transformations) in the learner. My research is grounded in adult learning and development theories (Mezirow, Perry, Kegan, Brookfield, Belenky, to name a few) but holds in the spirit of its purview that Shakespeare’s texts have power to alter one’s perspective.
The essential question is this: Are Shakespeare’s texts powerful enough to create real change in the adult learner?
Of course, this is contrary to what literary criticism does, and I wish to emphasize that I am not participating in Shakespeare studies but rather in the social sciences. Still, I want one member of my dissertation committee to be a Shakespeare scholar. Your role will involve being open minded, while offering doubt, insight, and a critical perspective.
Commitment will require a twice per semester conference call over three years and an eventual review and approval or rejection of my dissertation. Your compensation will be contribution to learning, professional courtesy, intellectual curiosity, and a nominal stipend of 100 dollars (at a rate of $33.33 per year, donating cells to scientific research is more profitable, so don’t do it for the money). Thanks for your time.