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Chapter One
An Oral History of Public Shakespeare

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Stephen Greenblatt, “Friends, Americans, Countrymen…,” New York Times (Oct. 3, 2004).

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Chapter Two
What Shakespeare Scholars Can Learn from Theater Makers About Public Engagement

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Chapter Three
Public Shakespeare as Performance

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Chapter Four
Public Shakespeare in the Classroom

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Chapter Five

Historicizing Presentism: From Shakespeare Studies to Public Humanities

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Chapter Six
The Public Shakespeare Network

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