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Holistic Shakespeare
An Experiential Learning Approach
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Price £17.50, $23
ISBN 9781841504711
Paperback 111 pages
Published February 2012
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by Debra Charlton
Books in Performing Arts
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The standard analytical approach to teaching Shakespeare does not tend to help students understand the theatricality of the Bard’s plays and can leave them with an overly dry, disconnected view of Shakespeare.

Designed to address this problem, Holistic Shakespeare combines analysis with creative learning methods. It mimics the nature of the theatrical production team – detailing non-evaluative, theatre-based activities alongside traditional analytical exercises. Covering A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Othello, and The Tempest, each chapter begins with an introductory essay and then is divided into 5 sub-topics concentrating on a specific aspect of the play. Each chapter also ends with an extension exercise designed to promote student understanding.

Holistic Shakespeare acts as a guide for teachers as well as enabling students to feel as if they’re in the stands of the Globe Theatre actually watching the play.

Chapter titles
Chapter I: Thinking Like Shakespeare
Chapter II: Stages of Green: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Chapter III: The Morality of Power: Measure for Measure
Chapter IV: The Rhetoric of Hate: Othello
Chapter V: Art, Science, and Mysticism: The Tempest
Directions for Further Learning
References and Materials for Additional Study
List of Illustrations
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