B. W. Kliman, Ed. (2001). Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's "Hamlet." New York: Modern Language Association. 291 pages. ISBN: 0-873-52768-2. $37.50 hardcover. Bernice Kliman has a solid reputation as a Shakespeare scholar and film critic; this new book of essays directed toward teaching Shakespeare's Hamlet reflects that deserved reputation. Kliman has gathered a group of the most noted scholars on Shakespeare pedagogy and has organized their contributions into an easily accessible and highly practical tool for instructors. Although some of the strategies could certainly be adapted for high school use, the apparent audience for the collection is college and university teachers who introduce Shakespeare's dramaturgy to undergraduates or who are looking for a unique way to delve more deeply into the play with graduate students. Unlike the earlier volume, Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's "King Lear" (edited by Robert H. Ray, who also has an essay in Kliman's collection), this new contribution to the Modern Language Association's "Approaches to Teaching World Literature" series provides both full-length essays and what Kliman calls "short takes," or brief accounts of methods that have been tested and found satisfactory. This combination enables her to include many more ideas than otherwise would have been the
The Journal of General Education – Penn State University Press
Published: Oct 1, 2004
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