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Re: Video Recommendations; Teaching *Ant.*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0468.  Saturday, 28 May 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Harry Hill <HILHAR@CONU2.BITNET>
        Date:   Friday, 27 May 1994 09:36:19 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0464  Re: Video Recommendations
 
(2)     From:   Karla Walters <KWALTERS@UNMB.BITNET>
        Date:   Friday, 27 May 1994 07:56 MST
        Subj:   Teaching A & C
 
(3)     From:   John Boni <
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        Date:   Friday, 27 May 1994 12:23:02 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0464 Re: Video Recommendations
 
(4)     From:   James Schaefer <SCHAEFEJ@GUVAX.BITNET>
        Date:   Friday, 27 May 1994 14:02:09 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0464  Re: Video Recommendations
 
 
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From:           Harry Hill <HILHAR@CONU2.BITNET>
Date:           Friday, 27 May 1994 09:36:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0464  Re: Video Recommendations
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0464  Re: Video Recommendations
 
To Elise Earthman --
 
How about letting your students in on the respectable opinion that A&C is the
funniest sex comedy after "The Importance Of Being Earnest"? An old Caedmon LP
with Pamela Brown, although only excerpts, is beautiful evidence of the extreme
wit and poise of Cleopatra that makes her death all the more affecting.
 
Harry Hill
 
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From:           Karla Walters <KWALTERS@UNMB.BITNET>
Date:           Friday, 27 May 1994 07:56 MST
Subject:        Teaching A & C
 
I have not found a video version of Antony and Cleopatra that works altogether
well, but of those I have used, the Charlton Heston version works the best.  In
teaching this play to undergraduates I have found it works well to break away
from the soap opera elements by introducing the play as a conflict between
Roman and Egyptian values.  Given the multicultural student body I have been
teaching at the University of New Mexico, this has worked extremely well.  They
are able to see Egypt as a threatened, "feminine" culture that gets subsumed by
the Roman conquest, and are able to trace ways Antony becomes "feminized" or
more Egyptian and ways Cleopatra's manipulative cunning in dealing with Caesar
shows a degree of Roman calculation. We also talk about the death of culture
that happens to Egypt.  I give my students study questions dealting with
various elements (compare Cleopatra to Octavia, for example) touching on the
culture conflict in the play, and the manner in which Antony and Cleopatra die.
The students discuss these questions in small groups and develop a degree of
ownership in the discussion.
 
Karla Walters   Univ. of New Mexico    
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Date:           Friday, 27 May 1994 12:23:02 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 5.0464 Re: Video Recommendations
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0464 Re: Video Recommendations
 
To Elise Earthman, RE: Teaching A&C--
 
I. too, have had some problems in teaching this play.  For a number of years I
myself had problems coming to grips with it.  As a consequence, I can
understand the students' problems.  Only half joking, let me suggest that if
one has reached or is fast approaching middle-age, one can more clearly
understand and appreciate *A&C* as well as the title characters.
 
Therefore, I suggest the students regard the play's title characters as Romeo
and Juliet gone gray.  After that opening quip, I try to discuss erotic love in
mature (or seasoned) persons and to talk about Shakespeare's own maturing
vision as embodied here.
 
Well, I'm teaching it again this fall.  We'll see how it goes.
 
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From:           James Schaefer <SCHAEFEJ@GUVAX.BITNET>
Date:           Friday, 27 May 1994 14:02:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 5.0464  Re: Video Recommendations
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0464  Re: Video Recommendations
 
To Elise Earthman:
 
If your students see *A&C* only as a soap opera, it might be useful to have
them read both it and Dryden's *All for Love* to see what a sentimental
treatment of the story CAN be!  It would also provide a wonderful opportunity
to contrast Shakespeare's art with the neoclassic aesthetic.  I had my students
read it this semester along with *KL* and Racine's *Phaedra*, and it made the
virtues of the other two stand out in stark contrast. (Not that it doesn't have
virtues of its own.)
 
Jim Schaefer

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