I just finished teaching Troilus and Cressida today. That leaves me with one Shakespeare play still to teach to reach my goal of having taught all of Shakespeare's plays during my career. That one play? Timon of Athens. It's been ages and ages since I've even read Timon, but I may just put it on the syllabus for next year, and then I can retire! Well, not really, but still, that goal will be done. (I've even taught the maybe but probably not by Shakespeare Edward III.)
I'm not especially happy with how I taught Troilus this year, but then, when I think about it, I usually take at least two goes teaching a play before I feel like I've really done a good job with it, and the plays that I've never seen someone else teach seem harder that way.
I feel like I couldn't really make it cohere, either for myself or my students, so it was sort of jumpy, between camps, between thematic issues, between plot lines.
Any thoughts on teaching Timon to help me brave that? It's sort of hard to imagine teaching Timon in a Shakespeare surveyish course, since there are so many very fine tragedies to choose from.
It might be fun to teach a Shakespeare representing war sort of class; I think I could make Troilus fit well in there.
Spring break is almost here! The professional bike racing season is well on, with two fun stage races this week! And everything in the upper Midwest is melting! (Which may bring floods, alas, but it's so good to feel that spring may someday come!)