Date of Award

8-31-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Sandra Welter

Second Reader

Kimber Foshe

Abstract

"Viewing Shakespeare through a Kaleidoscope: Creating Meaningful Connections for 21st Century Students" emphasizes the importance of teaching literature using an interdisciplinary approach. By viewing literary works through a "kaleidoscope" of disciplinary lenses, students will increase their understanding of the content and demonstrate relevant connections to their own lives. An exploration of King Lear will demonstrate how utilizing an interdisciplinary approach while teaching the play will provide students with tools to access Shakespeare. The project will focus on two themes: family dynamics and betrayal versus loyalty, two defining forces in contemporary youth culture.

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