How to Study Shakespeare

  • How to Study Shakespeare

     Mary updated 7 months ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Mary

    February 22, 2022 at 10:24 am

    If you really want to appreciate and understand Shakespeare, grab a quiet, comfortable spot with a play in hand and listen to a dramatization while you read along – it will bring the play to life.

    Better yet, if you have a group of students, gather them in a circle and have them read a scene several times, each student having a part. Once they’re comfortable with the lines, turn them loose to act out the scene, paying attention to the stage direction in the text. Creativity and interpretation will slowly reveal itself. A humorous scene from one of the comedies is a great choice.

    Students who previously were leary, disliked, or could not understand Shakespeare emerge with an understanding.

    Ready to get started? Check out the resources below.

    Inexpensive unabridged texts that are perfect for writing and highlighting: The Folger Shakespeare Library

    The best audio dramatization of Shakespeare’s plays: The Folger Shakespeare Audio Collection

    Looking for a Christian worldview perspective on Shakespeare? Peter Leithart’s books, Great Stage of Fools and Brightest Heaven of Invention are just what you need.

    And as a contrast to Leithart’s book, Emma Smith’s This Is Shakespeare will give you a look at what today’s leading Oxford Shakespeare scholar thinks.

    If you love Shakespeare and want a deeper study, Harold Bloom’s Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is a must.

    The Folger Library

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