Brave New Performance Space: Castaway Pedagogy in the Age of Caliban

Virginia La Grand and Craig E. Mattson

In this essay Virginia La Grand and Craig E. Mattson note how the performance spaces of both college student and professor have changed over the past generation due to the pervasiveness of the media and the fragmentation of epistemology. They propose that adding a third performance space—that of the aesthetic text—can resituate both students’ and professors’ talk in a critical discourse that unites their interests by framing their differences. In addition, they offer readings of two contemporary reworkings of Shakespeare’s castaway parable The Tempest that show how the college classroom as a performance space can weave together ethical, propositional, and aesthetic truth. Ms. La Grand is Associate Professor of English at Trinity Christian College and Mr. Mattson is Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Trinity Christian College.

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