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Issues of Ownership

Now that we've established a clear national identity as a result of the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval time periods, we enter a period of rapid development in English/European society.  The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are largely concerned with the Age of Exploration, and the race for one national identity to reign supreme in the world.  It is because of this "land race" that we turn our attention to the issue of ownership, not only of land and people in our own culture, but in new, uncharted areas as well.  We will study issues that form the underpinnings of postcolonial theory, and regardless if you spell it with the hyphen or not, you'll understand its major tenets of the excluded ("Other"), as well as the representation of the colonizer and colonized in European literature.  Our main text for this unit is Shakespeare's The Tempest, but we will also examine other works that comprise the postcolonial genre as time permits.



Context Resources

Colonialism and Imperialism Web Quest

Development of Medieval Drama (Video)

Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (PPT)

Evolution of English Drama Notes

Evolution of English Drama Questions (Mimio Qs!)

Shakespeare Viewing Guide (Biography Video)

Montaigne's "On Cannibalism"

Montaigne Questions

Issues of Ownership Response Prompts


Sonnet/Poetry Resources

"Sonnet" (Collins)

"Shall I Compare Thee, Sonnets?!"

Sonnet Screencast 1 (watch first)

Sonnet Screencast 2 (watch second)

Sonnet Screencast 3 (watch third)

"Sonnet 116" Commentary

Sonnets:  More Info

Shakespearean Sonnet Practice

"Caliban Upon Setebos" Instructions

"Caliban Upon Setebos" (Browning)


Literature Resources

The Tempest (Full Text)

The Tempest Act I Quotes

The Tempest Act II Quotes

"Understanding The Tempest" (Pierce)

The Tempest as Political

The Tempest I.ii Quotes

Postcolonialism Explained (PPT)

Postcolonial Literary Criticism Explained


Shakespeare Behind Bars Photo Gallery

Watch Shakespeare Behind Bars (Amazon Prime Account Required)

Shakespeare Behind Bars Cast Updates


Study Guides

The Tempest Study Guide

Shakespeare Unit Review