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ERIC Number: EJ1051303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
"Come You Spirits": Shakespeare, Mythology and Process Drama
Kelman, Dave; Rafe, Jane
English in Australia, v49 n3 p57-65 2014
Many of Shakespeare's plays involve mythological symbolism that is fundamental to the complex web of meanings inherent in the work. Mythology is a complex symbolic metalanguage, the meaning of which has evolved over time, adapting to its socio-cultural context. In Shakespeare's "Macbeth" the witches are strongly associated with Lady Macbeth and both are ambiguous mythological figures. Research into a Grade 5/6 classroom "Macbeth" performance project reveals powerful responses to the gendered politics of the play. This article contends that a process drama workshop undertaken post-production enabled the students to engage with the mythological symbolism underlying the play and its socio-cultural resonance and to make their own complex artistic statement in response.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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