Teaching Tarlton: success!

For my fall ENGL1102 course in City Comedy I assigned students to produce a collaborative digital edition of Tarlton’s Jests. I was curious to see how these anecdotes would work for an undergraduate, non-English major audience. I also wanted to explore how strong a connection could be made between the Jests and a study of early modern English drama. It made sense to me, but I’ve been so immersed in the idea that I wanted a litmus test to confirm my expectations.

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The semester at an end

I plowed through marking and submitted final grades yesterday. I should be overjoyed but have that strange feeling that I’m not doing something I should be … some sort of post-grading stress. Overall it was a good semester. Students were on the whole enthusiastic and responsive – which made it more gratifying. Considering I threw them in the middle of the pool with non-Shakespearean early modern comedy and City Comedy, they might as easily have…

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