In practice, what are you going to argue? Formulating an argument about a writer like Shakespeare can be intimidating. The chances of saying something entirely original about Hamlet are remote. The point of writing an essay on Shakespeare, then, is not to discover anything new about the play, but rather to hone your own ability to think critically about a rich piece literature. In arguing about Shakespeare you are forcing yourself to think about all aspects of the play and its context. In doing so, you are coming to a deeper understanding of Shakespeare and his age.
Dan Keegan teaches courses in Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Dramatic Literature, and Literary Theory. He received his PhD from the Joint Doctoral Program in Drama and Theatre at UC Irvine and UC San Diego. His current research investigates the Renaissance development of prophecy as a figure for theatrical performance, a figure that speaks to current issues in theatre and performance research. Part of this research--an essay on Shakespeare and Fletcher's Henry VIII--appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly (Fall 2011). He has performed or produced more than half or Shakespeare's plays, many of them as a student and teacher at the University of Texas' Shakespeare at Winedale program.
Research Interests: Renaissance Theatre and Culture; Shakespeare and Performance; Performance Theory; Political Theory; Contemporary Theatre and Experimental Performance.
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