"Teaching Shakespeare’s Language" featuring Russ McDonald, co-author of The Bedford Shakespeare

Created by gillian.daniels Employee on Sep 16, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at

Starts at 3:00 PM ยท Ends at 4:00 PM, EST (America/New_York)

  • Alanya Harter
  • Elizabeth Uva
  • Sherry Mooney
  • gillian.daniels

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Presented by

Russ McDonald



A lively webinar for teachers and fellow scholars on helping students engage with, understand, and enjoy Shakespeare’s language.

Discuss strategies for teaching

  • how shifts in pronouns from “you” to “thou” can indicate an insult
  • how tropes, punning, and wordplay serve multiple functions
  • how the Oxford English Dictionary illuminates the connotations of key words like “honour,” “will,” “nature,” “art,” and “nothing”



Russ McDonald is Professor of English Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London, author of The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare, and co-author of The Bedford Shakespeare. The winner of multiple awards for distinguished teaching, including North Carolina Professor of the Year, he helped to direct the NEH-sponsored Teaching Shakespeare Institute for secondary teachers at the Folger Library. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Mellon Foundation. In 2010 to 2011, he served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America.