Posted in Antony and Cleopatra, Folger Library, History, King Lear, Macbeth, Shakespeare, Shakespeare Lit, Shakespeare's Plays, Teaching, tagged Antony and Cleopatra, James Shapiro, King Lear, Macbeth on 10/15/2015|
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Last week, the Folger hosted a book launch for our colleague James Shapiro’s The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. Shapiro, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and member of the Folger Board of Governors, discussed how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year—King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. He was also kind enough to stay with us for a Twitter Q&A at @FolgerLibrary.
If you couldn’t make it to the lecture or the Twitter conversation, don’t fret. Here are a few ways to experience Shapiro’s fascinating work:
NYT Op-ed: “Shakespeare in Modern English” – James Shapiro, October 7, 2015, The New York Times
Folger Podcast: Shakespeare Unlimited: James Shapiro and The Year of Lear
Archived Q&A: James Shapiro, at the Folger and on Twitter
From the Publisher: The Year of Lear at Simon & Schuster.
There’s a whole lot to consider and discuss—please share your thoughts with us at @FolgerEd!
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Posted in Folger Education, Folger Library, History, King Lear, Midsummer, Othello, Performance, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare on Film, Taming of the Shrew, Videos, tagged A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Film, Folger Education, King Lear, Othello, PBS, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Uncovered, The Taming of the Shrew on 01/29/2015|
The second season of Shakespeare Uncovered begins on January 30th. The Folger has been asked to work with WNET THIRTEEN to create support material for teachers and their students. I’ve been lucky to have seen the series already and want to share some of the highlights with you.
Some of the Learning Media Resources have already been posted. Each resource takes clips from the episode and includes Teaching Tips, Discussion Questions, Handouts, and the appropriate Standards. Take a look at these:
Just as PBS did with Season 1, all episodes will be streamed for free and available on DVD. I encourage you to watch them. Here is the schedule for Season 2:
- January 30
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream hosted by Hugh Bonneville
- King Lear hosted by Christopher Plummer
- February 6
- The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman
- Othello with David Harewood
- February 13
- Antony & Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall
- Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes
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