A year ago, Shakespeareans all over the world were celebrating the 450th anniversary of the playwright’s birth; now, as 2016 approaches, they are gearing up for comparable celebrations, this time commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death. But what happens after the celebrations are over? What roles can Shakespeare, Shakespeare studies, and—especially-- the teaching of Shakespeare play in an educational environment increasingly focused on science, technology, engineering and math?
Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and Chair of the Committee on Dramatic Arts. She has published seventeen books and edited seven collections of essays on topics from Shakespeare to literary and cultural theory to the arts and intellectual life. Newsweek magazine chose Shakespeare After All as one of the five best nonfiction books of 2004, and praised it as the “indispensable introduction to an indispensable writer ... Garber’s is the most exhilarating seminar room you’ll ever enter.” (parlerodermime)