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Shakespeare in American Education, 1607-1934

A Spring Conference

Friday, 16 March 2007


9:00 a.m.           Registration

             Coffee and pastries available.

Note: The exhibition “Shakespeare In American Life”  will be on display in the Folger Great Hall.  

10:15  a.m       Welcome to the Folger


10:30 a.m.       Session One: Circulation and Instruction

Chair: Virginia Mason Vaughan (Clark University)

"Instruction and English Refinement in America: Shakespeare, Anti-Theatricality, and Early Modern Reading"

Jennifer Mylander (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


"'A Course of Learning and Ingenious Study': Shakespearean Education and Theatre in Antebellum America"

Heather Nathans (University of Maryland)


"Eloquent Shakespeare"

Sandra Gustafson (University of Notre Dame)



12:00 p.m.       Lunch provided


2:00 p.m.         Session Two: Rhetorics and Readers   

Chair: Andrew Murphy (University of St. Andrews)

"The Popularization of Shakespeare in Nineteenth-Century American Rhetorical Education"

Nan Johnson (The Ohio State University)

"'Lay On, McGuffey': Shakespeare and the Shaping of High School English in America"

Jonathan Burton (West Virginia University)

"Shakespeare in the College Curriculum, 1880-1930"

Elizabeth Renker (The Ohio State University)


3:30 p.m.          Tea


4:00 p.m.          Roundtable discussion with Arthur  Applebee, Michael Bristol,

                            John Guillory, and Michael Warner,  moderated by Ten Leinwand and

                           opening to general discussion.


8:00 p.m.          “Shakespeare Reimagined”

                           Charles Baxter and Elizabeth Nunez

                           PEN/Faulkner reading in the Elizabethan Theatre

                           Tickets $15

                           Note: This event is optional for conference registrants.


Saturday, 17 March 2007


9:00 a.m.          Coffee and pastries available.


9:30 a.m.          Session Three: A Canon or Canons?

Chair: Ralph Alan Cohen (American Shakespeare Center)


"Canons Before Canons: College Entrance Requirements and the Making of a National-Educational Shakespeare" 

Denise Albanese (George Mason University)

"The Works of Wm Shakespeare as they have been sundry times professed in Harvard College"

Dayton Haskin (Boston College)


"Shakespeare, Poet of Liberty: Charles Mills Gayley and Anglo-Saxon Shakespeare"

Coppélia Kahn (Brown University)   


11:00 a.m.       Break


11:30 a.m.         Session Four: Extra / Curricular

Chair: Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire)

"Shakespeare Visits 'The Mecca': Classical Drama and the Howard College Dramatic Club"

Marvin McAllister

"Outdistancing the Past: Shakespeare and American Education at the 1934 Chicago World's Fair"

Rosemary Kegl (University of Rochester)

"Back to the Future: What School Editions of Shakespeare Can Tell Us About The Teaching of Shakespeare in 1875-1930 America"

Peggy O’Brien (Corporation for Public Broadcasting)



1:00 p.m.            Lunch provided


2:00 p.m.          Roundtable discussion with Arthur Applebee, Michael Bristol,

                           John Guillory, and Michael Warner, moderated by Ted Leinwand

                           and opening to general discussion


3:30 p.m.          Closing Tea

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