9:30 am to 12:30 pm
It is tempting to regard Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a theatrical confection, its fairies as cute as Tinkerbell, and as harmless. However, such an approach belies the sophistication of the play’s poetry, and the complexity of the belief systems that the play explores, from pagan mythological traditions to early modern English folklore. In this seminar, we will explore the ways in which the play confronts powerful issues of love, death and marriage, blunting the force of painful truths with the fairies’ iambic tetrameter rhymes, and the “rude mechanicals’ ” botched tragic play-within-the-play.
Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.
A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.
If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.