The influence of Shakespeare on American culture is unequivocal. And despite its youth, young adult literature has grown into a literary force majeure. Considering the widespread popularity of both Shakespeare and young adult literature, their pairing can offer teachers and students a wide array of instructional possibilities. Our collection offers secondary (6-12) educators engaging ideas and approaches for pairing Shakespeare’s most frequently taught plays alongside young adult novels which often provide a unique examination of a topic that teaching a single text could not afford. The pairings offered in each chapter allow for comparisons in some cases, for extensions in others, and for critique in some.
Victor Malo-Juvera is a former middle school teacher and current associate professor of English Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he teaches courses in young adult literature and multicultural young adult literature.
Paula Greathouse is associate professor of secondary English Education at Tennessee Tech where she teaches English methods and literacy courses. She was a secondary English and Reading teacher for sixteen years.
Brooke Eisenbach is associate professor of Middle and Secondary Education at Lesley University. She was a middle school English language arts and Adolescent Literature teacher for nine years, and an online English teacher for two years.
Pairing and Teaching Shakespeare with Young Adult Literature
Victor Malo-Juvera and Paula Greathouse
Engaging the Classics through Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Reading Jacqueline Woodson’s If
You Come Softly as Complement to Romeo and Juliet
Betrayal, Brotherhood, and Belonging: Language and Power in Julius Caesar and The
Melanie Hundley and Sarah K. Burriss
Revenge, Mental Health, and Suicide: Pairing Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me,
Joseph P. Haughey
Reading Hamlet and Monster to Study Identity
Amy Connelly Banks and Chris Crowe
What is the price of ambition? Teaching Macbeth with On the Come Up
Using All American Boys to Contextualize Othello: An Exploration in Alterity
Jennifer S. Dail and Michelle B. Goodsite
Othello and My Friend Dahmer: Examining the Beast Within
Monsters Matter: Reimagining Caliban Using Monster Theory
Shakespeare VS. The Homosapien Agenda: Exploring Gender in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
and Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda
Pauline Skowron Schmidt and Matthew Kruger-Ross
Secrets and Spies: E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and
Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing
Megan Lynn Isaac
To Write or Not to Write – That’s the Question
Bryan Ripley Crandall
ABOUT THE EDITORS
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
INDEX OF SHAKESPEARE AND YA TEXTS
Not since Herz and Gallo’s groundbreaking text, From Hinton to Hamlet, first appeared in 1996 have scholars addressed the connection between Shakespeare’s plays and quality Young Adult Literature. The editors bring together YA scholars who inform teachers how Shakespeare’s commonly taught plays pair with robust selections from YA literature. If you think your reading taste buds are too refined for YA Literature, please look at the compelling arguments contained in this volume.
An essential resource for English teachers who want to teach BOTH Shakespeare and young adult literature without sacrificing either. Shakespeare and Young Adult Literature: Pairing and Teaching features the Bard’s most frequently taught works such as Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet, paired with recent young adult literature. With chapters written by educators on the vanguard of young adult literature studies, this text gives teachers who love Shakespeare new ways to read the Bard and teachers who love young adult literature fresh angles to tackle contemporary issues. This is a must have book.
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