Using Queer Pedagogy and Theory to Teach Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

  • Kathryn Cloonan
Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


Cloonan explores Early Modern constructions and conventions of both gender and theater, offering high school teachers of 11th and 12th graders who teach Shakespeare’s plays, particularly Twelfth Night, activities and discussion points that will illuminate students’ readings. Through the provided unit, which includes dramatic performances, writing activities, and textual analysis, teachers and their students use queer theory and queer pedagogy to ultimately challenge gender norms.


Queer Pedagogy Twelfth Night Early Modern Stage Queer Theory Gender Constructs 
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  • Kathryn Cloonan
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  1. 1.University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and Human DevelopmentRochesterUSA

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