Just Because, Pedagogy

I’m a student again!

I'm taking a Sketch Comedy 101 class. It's freaking amazing.

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Feminism, Pedagogy, Plays, Research

Measure for Measure and Rape Culture

With all the press around prominent men abusing their power lately, it's perhaps natural that people have been reminded of Shakespeare and Middleton's "problem play" Measure for Measure. One scene in particular is seeing renewed attention: having been told that she must have sex with the Duke's deputy in order to save her brother's life, Isabella tells… Continue reading Measure for Measure and Rape Culture

Beef, Pedagogy, Plays

Digging In: a response to (responses to) Dana Dusbiber

Those who know me know that I'm all about taking Shakespeare down a peg. But California high school teacher Dana Dusbiber's now-viral dismissal of Shakespeare really made me think--or, more specifically, the responses to her made me think. Published by Valerie Strauss on her Washington Post education blog, Dusbiber's article argues that Shakespeare does not serve the educational… Continue reading Digging In: a response to (responses to) Dana Dusbiber

Feminism, Pedagogy

On “everyday feminism”

Thank you, Kim, for an inspiring and thought-provoking post. I’d had a rough start to the day, and this really turned me around! If you don’t already subscribe to Ki’m’s blog, I highly recommend it.

The Activist Classroom

I’ve been a feminist for a very long time. I’ve self identified this way to students and in my research for my entire career so far. But when time came to name this blog, I hesitated about putting the word in the title. This wasn’t about being cagey; you can read about my feminist ethos on the “about” page, you can guess it from the title of my first solo-authored book (Violence Against Women in Early Modern Performance: Invisible Acts), and you can read my regular contributions to Fit is a Feminist Issue, which I always cross-post in this space. So my hesitation about labelling my blog “feminist” wasn’t about minimising or denying my feminist habitus. Rather, it was based in an anxiety about securing readership: I didn’t want the word to somehow limit the scope of the blog, for readers and, maybe, also for me. But what…

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