Reading and Teaching Shakespeare's Histories

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

When: April 20, 4:00-5:30pm EST
Where: Online
Cost: Only $10!

Most readers enjoy at least a passing knowledge of Shakespearean comedy and tragedy, which share common structural and thematic characteristics. For instance, nearly everybody knows that tragedies end in death, while comedies end in weddings. But what about Shakespeare’s history plays?

Often overlooked by modern audiences, Shakespearean histories can appear distant, opaque, and even - dare we say it - a wee bit…boring. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Shakespeare’s history plays are crammed with the intrigue, complexity, and turmoil of a great political drama or spy novel. With a few simple interpretive tools, the history plays yield their riches, revealing the impassioned courtly drama of warring political rivals, competing cultural ideologies, and shifting power dynamics.

In this webinar, Heidi White offers a series of helpful keys for unlocking Shakespeare’s history plays. Using the plays themselves as her source, Heidi will offer accessible tools for reading, understanding, and teaching Shakespeare’s history plays. This webinar is for teachers, students, thespians, and readers at all levels of familiarity with Shakespeare’s work.

• The seminar will be recorded; however, you must sign up before April 20 to have access to it. Registration will be cut off at 4:00pm on April 20.

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