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Re: New Shakespearean Knowledge
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0389.  Wednesday, 4 May 1994.
 
(1)     From:   James Schaefer <SCHAEFEJ@GUVAX.BITNET>
        Date:   Tuesday, 03 May 1994 10:37:28 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Ur-Hamlet (Errr ... *Hamlet*?)
 
(2)     From:   John Boni <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 3 May 1994 13:00:51 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0384 Re: New Shakespearean Knowledge
 
(3)     From:   Thomas L. Berger <TBER@SLUMUS>
        Date:   Tuesday, 03 May 94 15:57:59 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0384 Re: New Shakespearean Knowledge
 
 
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From:           James Schaefer <SCHAEFEJ@GUVAX.BITNET>
Date:           Tuesday, 03 May 1994 10:37:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Ur-Hamlet (Errr ... *Hamlet*?)
 
The pre-publication of the new Ur-Hamlet, linked with teaching Beckett's *All
that Fall* in today's last class session, prompted me to recall one of the
first papers I read as a grad TA.  In his review of a performance of Pinter's
*The Birthday Party*, a freshman concluded that "the action of the play occurs
off-stage.  It must, because nothing happened on-stage."
 
Jim Schaefer

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From:           John Boni <
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Date:           Tuesday, 3 May 1994 13:00:51 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 5.0384 Re: New Shakespearean Knowledge
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0384 Re: New Shakespearean Knowledge
 
Colleagues:
 
On the subject of our students' errors:  A few years ago the Chronicle of
Higher Education, in its summer editions, used the first column of page 2
(the "laughers" column) to highlight student errors sent in by readers.
Some persons registered demurrers and (consequently,I hope) the practice
ended.  A number of years ago, at an institution where I worked (taught),
the graduate students in English, housed in a large converted classroom
office, put on the blackboard the heading "Gems of the Weak," and listed
student errors.  One young instructor, invited in to share the joy,
quietly said, "That's unprofessional."  His sentiment has stayed with me,
lo, these thirty years.
 
I don't want to be too much the wet blanket, but let's not celebrate our
students' errors too joyously.  We do commiserate with each other over
these bits of evidence of our failures; we sometimes become a bit caustic
about these errors.  When the parade of failure become public and the
object of satire, I, for one, become concerned.
 
This is not a Shakespeare concern--unless someone decides to dub me
Malvolio--but I raise it in terms of use of the discussion network and
as a professional issue.
 
I am open to responses.
 
John Boni

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P.S.:  And, yes, I am aware of the line that begins, "When we lose our
sense of humor...."  Simply, I believe that some topics are more open to
serving as subjects of public humor than others.
 
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From:           Thomas L. Berger <TBER@SLUMUS>
Date:           Tuesday, 03 May 94 15:57:59 EDT
Subject: 5.0384 Re: New Shakespearean Knowledge
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0384 Re: New Shakespearean Knowledge
 
To:  Shakespearean Blunders
 
Bill Green, Queens-CUNY, tells of an answer to a Merchant of Venice quiz item
asking about the Rialto, "The business end of Venus."
 
Anon, Tom
 

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