These ONLINE Common-Core aligned Romeo and Juliet supplements, although designed to be extensions of the NEXUS book Romeo and Juliet and the Renaissance, can also be taught independently of the book. The first supplement, “Mercutio versus Mr. Manners,” answers questions students often have regarding Romeo’s use of flowery language when describing Juliet (and Rosaline) and helps them understand and better appreciate Mercutio’s reaction to what he calls Romeo’s “groaning for love” and his mocking but humorous comparisons to Laura (Petrarch’s muse) and Dido. This supplement also introduces students to the courtly love tradition out of which Shakespeare’s love story evolved.
The student friendly supplement “English Renaissance Theater” expands upon the NEXUS chapter “Shakespeare’s Theater” and was penned by the same scholar, Dr. Tom Bishop, the author of Shakespeare and the Theatre of Wonder (Cambridge University Press). The supplement places the NEXUS chapter “Shakespeare’s Theater” in the broader context of 16th-17th century English theater.
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