Proposal Title

SHAKESPEARE FOR BULLIES

Author Type

Faculty

Location

U-Hall 3-098

Start Date

28-3-2018 4:10 PM

End Date

28-3-2018 5:00 PM

Presentation Type

Workshop

Abstract

Shakespeare for Bullies

Curriculum for the documentary Nothing is Truer than Truth

Developed by Cheryl Eagan-Donovan

Shakespeare is the ultimate outsider. Characters, themes, and plots in his plays and poetry reveal an author who was clearly interested in bisexuality, gender identity, and human behavior. Bullying behavior is often related to anxiety about sexual identity. Shakespeare for Bullies empowers students to change behavior by sharing their stories.

Bisexuality, like homosexuality, was not just marginalized but denied by many people until quite recently. Science has proven that human experience includes a broad spectrum of gender identity and sexual preference. Recognizing “Shake-speare” as the pen name for Edward de Vere provides a wealth of biographical information about the author of the canon, details previously unavailable to students and scholars alike. Edward de Vere struggled with his own identity throughout his life and expressed his conflicting emotions vividly in his writing. The great characters he created, Hamlet and Ophelia, Falstaff and Prince Hal, Romeo, Mercutio, and Juliet, and Shylock, Antonio, Bassanio and Portia, have given us so much insight into the psyche that Harold Bloom credited the author with the literal “invention of the human.” Freud became convinced that Edward de Vere and no one else could have written the works.

The unforgettable heroes of the Shakespeare canon give students a way to explore and express their own feelings and concerns, using theater and digital technology. Shakespeare for Bullies will facilitate an ongoing dialogue between students, teachers, aggregate new student-produced content, and encourage innovation in the application of the Shakespeare canon to the goal of promoting respect for others.

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SHAKESPEARE FOR BULLIES

U-Hall 3-098

Shakespeare for Bullies

Curriculum for the documentary Nothing is Truer than Truth

Developed by Cheryl Eagan-Donovan

Shakespeare is the ultimate outsider. Characters, themes, and plots in his plays and poetry reveal an author who was clearly interested in bisexuality, gender identity, and human behavior. Bullying behavior is often related to anxiety about sexual identity. Shakespeare for Bullies empowers students to change behavior by sharing their stories.

Bisexuality, like homosexuality, was not just marginalized but denied by many people until quite recently. Science has proven that human experience includes a broad spectrum of gender identity and sexual preference. Recognizing “Shake-speare” as the pen name for Edward de Vere provides a wealth of biographical information about the author of the canon, details previously unavailable to students and scholars alike. Edward de Vere struggled with his own identity throughout his life and expressed his conflicting emotions vividly in his writing. The great characters he created, Hamlet and Ophelia, Falstaff and Prince Hal, Romeo, Mercutio, and Juliet, and Shylock, Antonio, Bassanio and Portia, have given us so much insight into the psyche that Harold Bloom credited the author with the literal “invention of the human.” Freud became convinced that Edward de Vere and no one else could have written the works.

The unforgettable heroes of the Shakespeare canon give students a way to explore and express their own feelings and concerns, using theater and digital technology. Shakespeare for Bullies will facilitate an ongoing dialogue between students, teachers, aggregate new student-produced content, and encourage innovation in the application of the Shakespeare canon to the goal of promoting respect for others.