Tropic of Shakespeare: what studying Macbeth in Queensland could teach us about place and shipwrecks

Hansen, Claire (2019) Tropic of Shakespeare: what studying Macbeth in Queensland could teach us about place and shipwrecks. The Conversation, 11 October 2019.

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[Extract] When you imagine the setting for Macbeth, misty heaths, battlefields, and the brooding highlands spring to mind. Teaching the play in the midst of a tropical summer in Townsville, far north Queensland, highlights disjunctions and surprising correlations between play and place.

In their 2011 book Ecocritical Shakespeare, Lynne Bruckner and Dan Brayton consider this relationship between our environment and our practices of reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare:

What does the study of literature have to do with the environment? … What is the connection between the literary and the real when it comes to ecological conduct, both in Shakespeare's era and now?

One way of answering these questions is through the use of place-based education. Educational theorists Amanda Hagood and Carmel E. Price reason that "student learning is enhanced when course content is grounded in a particular place of meaning".

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