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Year 13 Shakespeare Lecture

Year 13 English Literature students were invited to attend an afternoon of Shakespeare lectures at Stratford Town Hall...

Year 13 have spent the last year studying a range of dramatic texts for their LT4 examination, including both King Lear and The Tempest. In April the English department offered all Year 13 Literature students the opportunity to attend an afternoon of Shakespeare lectures at Stratford Town Hall. This afternoon offered students a chance to challenge and question established Shakespeare scholars, including Stanley Wells and Carol Rutter. The knowledge and ideas gained from these lectures have fuelled class discussions and further sparked the interest and enthusiasm of the students.

Mrs Brooks

“One of the brilliant aspects of studying Shakespeare in Stratford is the extraordinary opportunities this provides. This year’s Shakespeare lecture was very insightful, providing a range of interpretations which encouraged us to explore the set texts in new ways. The lecture by Professor Carol Rutter, from the University of Warwick, explored patriarchy in Shakespeare and, in particular, female questioning of male power. Her lecture included a range of Shakespeare’s plays, including Hamlet, Measure for Measure and King Lear which enabled us to place our core text, The Tempest, within the wider canon.  It was an extremely rewarding experience, especially the question and answer session which included the leading Shakespeare scholar, Stanley Wells.  I would highly recommend the lecture to future students – it was a fascinating experience!”

Holly Reaney, Year 13

“The Shakespeare lecture encouraged our engagement with The Tempest and the lecturers posed questions and ideas which did not always agree with our own reading. It was a great opportunity to pose questions to established critics and receive current material which I can use in the exam to demonstrate a wider understanding and balanced response.”

Caitlin Nickson, Year 13

“The Shakespeare lectures provided great opportunities to explore different interpretations of the Bard’s work. With speakers from across the country, the engaging and fascinating talks explored current arguments and allowed us to investigate our texts further in an open question and answer session. The speakers, such as Professor Carol Rutter, were engaging and powerful in delivering their thoughts on Shakespeare’s plays. This event gave great insight and provided new ideas which can be used in the examination – something both helpful and useful.”

Grace Jeynes, Year 13