I will be teaching The Tempest in the spring. I thought I had taught it sometime, maybe ten years back, and had some assignments to draw on. But as I search my files, it appears that I haven’t taught it since I was in graduate school.

Oh-kay. Well. I’m sure it will be fine. Advice would nonetheless be welcome. Even more welcome would be suggestions of one or more short stories with which I could pair the play: stories with thematic connections, or in which characters refer to The Tempest, or are acting in it, or reading it at school, something like that. My idea, if I can get a suitable story, is to read it first, in order to generate questions about its allusions that could be solved by reading the play itself. Thus, I’m not picky about genre. A story that belongs to the SF/fantasy genre, or aims at a YA audience, would be fine. Even fan-fic, so long as it’s tolerably literate and has a recognizable story structure.

Ideas? Anyone? Bueller?

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7 thoughts on “Tempest-uous Spring Planning

  1. I love teaching the Tempest! I have no idea about YA lit, but the OLD film Forbidden Planet plays off the Tempest in fun ways. And Aime Cesaire’s Tempest is GREAT for pairing.

    I’m happy to share ideas if you want to email me. bardiacblogger@yahoo.com

  2. Also, Wikipedia lists adaptations. I used to have a collection of plays that were adaptations/revisions of Shakespeare, but it must be in my office. Or maybe I gave it away? THere are also accounts of the voyage on EEBO. . .

  3. Thank you all! But—short stories? It needs to be short. I already have a novel. The novel-length adaptations are easy to find; stories are another matter, which is why I’m asking.

  4. Here’s a little thing — a short film (5 minutes) inspired by The Tempest. I thought it was cool. Here you go.

    There are, of course, lots of short YouTube videos about The Tempest, too. Too many to link! But you can find some funny short interpretations on there.

    Personally, I’ve always thought of The Tempest in relation to Hamlet — The Tempest is the anti-Hamlet. Prospero seeks revenge but then thinks better of it, unlike Hamlet, who thinks about it an awful lot, but then lets his pathos take over. Prospero is more of an ethos guy. Plus, his cool side kick, Ariel, takes the time to remind him what it means to be human. Horatio’s just an enabler.

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