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Wheeling Jesuit to Host Free Workshop on Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew'



WHEELING, W.Va., Feb. 27, 2017 -- Wheeling Jesuit University's English Department will host a free workshop for teachers on William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

The workshop, set for Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held in the Edouard and Simone Ziegler Recital Hall located on the first floor of the Center for Educational Technologies building.

Instructors will be provided with information, resources and interactive classroom activities that illustrate Shakespeare's engagement with folk tradition, said Dr. Amy Phillips, assistant professor of English at WJU and organizer of the workshop.

“By introducing students to such materials, professors can provide students with the means by which to understand - and push beyond - the source(s) of the play's violence in order to comprehend the literary, historical and cultural importance of one of Shakespeare's first (but most controversial) plays,” Phillips explained.

Dr. Charlotte Artese, Professor of English at Agnes Scott College and author of Shakespeare's Folktale Sources, will kick off the workshop at 10 a.m. She will provide participants with an overview of folk literature and, in particular, Aarne-Thompson Type 901, “The Taming of the Shrew,” which provides context for Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

Following lunch, the second part of the workshop will engage participants in several interactive class activities that center on the interplay between folklore and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

Phillips said participants will generate and share ideas with respect to the interactive class activities, as well as provide feedback on the benefits and challenges of teaching this play within the classroom. All participants will receive a packet of teaching resources on The Taming of the Shrew.

One of Shakespeare's first comedies, The Taming of the Shrew demonstrates his early engagement with New Comedy, farce, the use of a framing device and other foundational elements of the genre. However, due to the "taming" of Katharina's character, it is also one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays.

Phillips received a Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates micro-grant from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., which is funding the free workshop.

For more information on the workshop, contact Phillips at aphillips@wju.edu.




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