This workshop will be a simulation of what would in actual teaching be a longer process. Because we don’t have time to read the long articles involved, we will rely mainly on the selected quotations and summaries I have provided in cheat sheets. However, as we will find, this is typical of the process of forming what we think we know and believe. We never have time to truly know everything.
Our core text for this workshop will be “Was Shakespeare a Woman?” by Elizabeth Winkler, published in the June 2019 issue of The Atlantic. Although this article suggests that the plays were written by Emilia Bassano, there are links to other pieces that argue for a variety of authors, including William Shakespeare of Stratford on Avon.
I have prepared a Descriptive Outline and a Cheat Sheet for this text. The cheat sheet consists of some selected quotations and a section by section summary of the arguments. Only the cheat sheet will be distributed at the workshop, but those with appropriate devices can access the other materials if they wish.
The Winkler article links to a number of other relevant texts. I have chosen two of them to supplement the workshop:
“The Case for Shakespeare: In defense of Shakespeare as the author of the Shakespeare works” by Irving Matus. I have also produced a Descriptive Outline and a Cheat Sheet for this text.
2 Shakespearean Actors Revive Debate Over The Bard’s Identity. This is an interview done by NPR with Mark Rylance and Derek Jocoby. I have also provided the interview in .pdf form.
The mini-module and accompanying handouts can be found in the blog post Knowledge, Belief, and The Role of Rhetoric.
Update: The Winkler article that argues that Shakespeare might have been a woman set off a lot of controversy at The Atlantic and inspired a flurry of letters and articles in response. See the responses here: