NEH Summer Institute: Shakespeare from the Globe to the Global (seminar)

NEH Summer Institute

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This was a summer 2011 seminar led by Michael Neill, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Auckland, from June 13 to July 14, 2011 at the Center for Shakespeare Studies. For more information about current summer seminars, please visit the National Endowment for the Humanities website.

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. This institute equipped 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 examined this history of reception, adaptation, translation, and re-appropriation. With a distinguished faculty and the unparalleled Folger collections, they integrated their discoveries into their courses and disseminated them through a resource-rich website.

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Shakespeare from Globe to Global visiting faculty



Shakespeare in the Globe

The following essays were created over the course of Shakespeare from the Globe to the Global:

Miriam Jacobson, The Early Modern Hellespont: Crossroads between East and West

Sara Coodin, Inter-Faith Encounters: English Protestants and the Hebrew Bible

Carol Mejia LaPerle, Atlas Chinensis as Global Encounter as Global Encounter

Ryan J. Croft, Embodying Race and Language: Geohumoralism and Renaissance Proto-Linguistics in Shakespeare’s Othello and The Tempest

Matthew Zarnowiecki, Images of Cyprus at the Folger

Kyle Pivetti, Mapping English History in the “Universall World”

Ambereen Dadabhoy, “The General Enemy” and “the present terror of the world:” Writing the Ottoman Empire at the Time of Othello

Robert Hornback, Linguistic Racial Representation and Metalanguages of Race in the Global Renaissance

Jason E. Cohen, Of Questions, or Torture: Enforced Bodies in Early Modern European Visual Culture

Global Shakespeares

Rebekah Bale, Shakespeare in Africa

Donna Woodford-Gormley, Cuban Adaptations of Shakespeare

Keith Jones, Global Shakespeare: Selected Films, Briefly Annotated

Rebecca Chapman, New Media in the Shakespeare Classroom: Complementing Performance-based Pedagogy

Allison Tyndall Locke, A New Addition to Othello in Colonial Calcutta

Jessica R. Frazier, Technology in the Classroom: Luna Insight

John Mitchell, The “Forgeries of Jealousy”: John Hayward’s The Life and Raigne of King Henrie the IIII, William Henry Ireland’s Forged Marginalia, and the Multiple Lenses of Historical Reconstruction (A Lesson Plan for Introduction to Shakespeare)

Art Horowitz, Shakespeare in Performance

Peter Byrne, The Post-Colonial Vision of the “Voodoo Macbeth

Other media

Listen to Michael Neill explain the thinking behind the summer institute and its title.

Listen to Kim F. Hall, professor of English at Barnard College, discuss the relevance of Shakespeare studies at a talk given during the seminar.

Hear Alison Games, professor of history at Georgetown University, discuss the relationships English traders formed with indigenous women in the early 16th century.

Hear Games talk about the essential role Japanese women played during the country's early period of trade with England.

Listen to Games discuss the theme of conversion on and off stage in Early Modern England.