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2011 NEH Summer Institute

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Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global

An NEH Summer Institute for College & University Teachers

Directed by Michael Neill

 Emeritus Professor of English, University of Auckland

At the Folger Institute Center for Shakespeare Studies

13 June – 14 July 2011


In today’s multicultural classrooms, a nuanced understanding of such early modern English concepts as nation, race, and imperial destiny is needed to address the culturally sensitive issues raised in many of Shakespeare’s plays.

C. Walter Hodges. Sketch of the Globe Playhouse. Drawing, 20th cent.

This institute will equip college teachers with the knowledge to introduce their students to Shakespeare in his global and historical contexts. While the plays initially reflected the concerns of an expanding early modern world, Shakespeare soon emerged as a voice and an icon of empire and Englishness. He is now the most significant representative of a globalized literary culture and the most popular playwright of the non-Anglophone world. Twenty participants will examine this history of reception, adaptation, translation, and re-appropriation. With a distinguished faculty and the unparalleled Folger collections, they will integrate their discoveries into their courses and disseminate them through a resource-rich website.


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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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