Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0153. Friday, 25 February 1994.
Date: Thursday, 24 Feb 94 15:27:09 EST
Subject: Hooked on Shakespeare
In the course of the most recent Universals/Human Condition debate, the
question of literary representations and cultural specificity was markedly and
frequently raised. I noticed, in addition,that several SHAKSPERians mentioned
(however briefly) their early training in Shakespeare studies. These plays hold
meaning for us in terms of personal exposure as well as in relation to our
cultural positions. My own introduction to Shakespeare was playing Titania in
the fourth grade. I can still recite Helena's "Lo! she is one of this
confederacy" having been carefully coached by my father for the audition.
Surely participating so intensely at an early age has played a role in my
continuing interest in these plays. I would be curious to learn of the
introductory experiences of other SHAKSPERians.