The CEA Critic Special Issue: Teaching Shakespeare 400 Years Later (due February 1, 2016)

The CEA Critic Special Issue: Teaching Shakespeare 400 Years Later (due February 1, 2016)
Monday, February 1, 2016 - 12:00am

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the beginning of his incredible legacy, this special teaching issue is devoted to all things Shakespeare—why we teach him, how we teach him, what primary sources we use, and some innovative pedagogy that helps our students connect with him.

Guest editor Michael LoMonico, Senior Consultant on National Education at the Folger Shakespeare Library and former instructor at Stony Brook University, seeks articles that shed light on how we prepare those who will be teaching Shakespeare to the next generation of middle and high school students and what innovative ways we use to teach Shakespeare to college students.

Some possible topics include:

  • How can we prepare pre-service teachers to teach Shakespeare?
  • Digital Shakespeare: How can the Folger Digital Texts change the classroom?
  • The significance of the First Folio and why we should teach it.
  • Comparing quartos and modern editions.
  • The value of reading Holinshed, Plutarch, and other of Shakespeare’s sources.
  • Using images from the Folger digital collection.
  • The role of textual criticism in teaching the plays.
  • Digging deep into Shakespeare’s canon for big rewards.
  • What impact have Shakespeare apps had on teaching?
  • The sonnet tradition from Shakespeare to Claude McKay and beyond.
  • Shakespeare is alive and well in popular culture.
  • Shakespeare and YouTube.
  • The status of Shakespeare in the canon.
  • Contemporary poetry connected to Shakespeare.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Manuscripts should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words and must be accompanied by a 150-300 word abstract.
  • Notes should be placed before the Works Cited at the end of your document.
  • Endnotes should be typed as they would be on a typewriter.
  • Authors are responsible for both the accuracy of quotations and for representing source material fairly.
  • Please prepare your manuscript in accordance with the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition (2008).
  • Contributors must join the College English Association before accepted submissions are published.
  • Submissions, in WORD format, should be sent via email to by February 1, 2016. Please submit two copies, one with the author's name and affiliation and one without any author identification. In addition, please include, in your correspondence, a statement that the manuscript is not under consideration elsewhere.

The CEA Critic is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press.


Featured image: First Folio in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA.


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