‘Those Twins of Learning’

Cognitive and Affective Learning in an Inclusive Shakespearean Curriculum

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  • 1 Emory University
  • 2 Cultureworks Productions and Shakespeare Central
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Abstract

Sheila T. Cavanagh and Steve Rowland link Shakespeare classrooms in distinctive venues: Cavanagh is a professor at Emory University in Atlanta, whose students are enrolled in undergraduate degree programmes; Rowland teaches at Monroe Correctional Facility in Washington State, under the auspices of University Beyond Bars. This article describes some of the practical and theoretical challenges emerging through this collaboration, many of which result from the instructors’ desires to construct their classes with pedagogic goals and assignments drawn from both cognitive and affective learning principles. Geography precludes the students meeting in person and they are not currently able to employ videoconferencing in this endeavour, but regular exchanges of essays and responses to each other's writing allows these disparate groups of Shakespeareans to expand their knowledge of the drama while sharpening their critical and writing skills and learning to develop their affective understandings of the subject.

Contributor Notes

Sheila T. Cavanagh is Professor of English at Emory University. Founding director of the World Shakespeare Project (www.worldshakespeareproject.org) and director of Emory's Year of Shakespeare (2016–2017), she was recently Fulbright/Global Shakespeare Distinguished Chair in the UK. Author of Wanton Eyes and Chaste Desires: Female Sexuality in the Faerie Queene (Indiana University Press, 1994) and Cherished Torment: The Emotional Geography of Lady Mary Wroth's Urania (Duquesne University Press, 2001) she has published widely in the fields of pedagogy and of Renaissance literature.

Steve Rowland is a documentary producer and director of Cultureworks Productions and Shakespeare Central. A two-time Peabody Award winner, he is currently completing a documentary film, Time out of Joint: Teaching Shakespeare in Prison, focused on the Rehabilitation Through the Arts Shakespeare community at Woodbourne, NY Correctional Facility and prisoners’ responses to Globe to Globe Festival films. A former instructor at Columbia University and Evergreen State College, he teaches Shakespeare at Monroe, WA Correctional Facility.

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