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Shakespeare in Eastern Europe and Africa
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0855. Wednesday, 26 October 1994.
 
(1)     From:   P. Jerald Bangham <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Oct 1994 22:57:08 -0400
        Subj:   [Re: Shakespeare in Eastern Europe]
 
(2)     From:   Mark Andre Singer  <V219JCLC@UBVMS.BITNET>
        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Oct 1994 23:03:16 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   The Bard in Africa Bibliography
 
 
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From:           P. Jerald Bangham <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Oct 1994 22:57:08 -0400
Subject:        [Re: Shakespeare in Eastern Europe]
 
>I will be traveling to Russia, the Ukraine and Czechoslovakia in December and
>am interested in any Shakespearian productions. Does anyone have any contacts
>or suggestions?
 
The only Shakespeare I've seen in Russia was the Cheek by Jowel Measure for
Measure which played at the Moscow Art Theatre last summer.  Incidently, the
performance that I saw did not strike me as being in any way excessive and I
would highly recommend it.
 
I've recently purchased Internet in a Box and have been exploring WWW.  There
is a St. Petersburg page that includes a current theatre listings that would
certainly be worth checking out if you have access.  The St. P. listing has
other items that I would assume would be useful for a visitor.
 
The address is http://www.spb.su/lifestyl/index html
 
I just checked what is on now and was amazed to find Cheek by Jowel's As You
Like It is on Thursday night.  Also the ballet version of Romeo and Juliet.
 
I enjoyed my rather brief visit to St. P. after the IFTR meeting last summer
and hope to get back again soon for a more lesurely visit.
 
Jerry Bangham

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From:           Mark Andre Singer  <V219JCLC@UBVMS.BITNET>
Date:           Tuesday, 25 Oct 1994 23:03:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        The Bard in Africa Bibliography
 
I am writing a graduate seminar paper on Shakespeare in Africa.
 
Teaching Shakespeare in West Africa taught me that issues of emergent
nationalism, dynastic power struggles and forbidden love, are of keen interest
to non-Western cultures.  My students thought contemporary "standard" English
was a difficult language so Elizabethan language phased them not.  Ironically,
it seemed to me that WS was more accesible to first generation nomads than the
American students I had taught.
 
Of special interest to my current research is generally how WS ciculates in
African culture.  The performative problematics cited not long ago about a
multi-lingual TN in South Africa is the kind of information I covet.
 
There's a fair amount of scholarly treatment of the Africa in Shakespeare
(centered mostly around *The Tempest*).  Now, I'd like to examine how the
Bardic canon is received in Africa; how it's performed, circulated, digested,
reflected, and absorbed.
 
Any ideas, and/or bibliographic direction most welcome.
 
                        Cheers,  Mark Andre Singer  Univ. at Buffalo
                                 
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