Twenty NEH summer scholars participated in Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global. On these pages we feature their reflections on, and applications of, the work of the institute as they see it influencing their ongoing teaching and research. As the ambit of the institute was large, so accordingly is that of the participants’ contributions. Their work ranges from critical commentary on rare material in the Folger’s collections to filmographies, electronic presentations, lesson plans, and readings lists—anything that they felt would help bring the discoveries of this summer humanities institute into their own college classrooms.
Their contributions are presented in two groupings, roughly equivalent to the two-part structure of the institute, which began with a study of Shakespeare’s writing within the expanding world views of his own time, and went on to examine representative episodes in the process by which Shakespeare became at once an icon of English identity, a repository of “universal” values, and an instrument of imperial hegemony, before his transformation into today’s most significant representative of a globalized literary culture.
With this sampler, our intent was not to be comprehensive but to model and evaluate various approaches, contexts, and resources. We encourage you to explore at your own pace and share with us what you find most useful for your own scholarship and teaching.