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Re: *Mac*: *Men of Respect* and Teaching
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0174.  Tuesday, 7 March 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Mar 1995 09:26:13 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0166 Qs: *Macbeth* Adaptation
 
(2)     From:   Stephen Buhler <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Mar 1995 10:40:18 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Approaches to Teaching *Macbeth*
 
(3)     From:   Steven Metsker <
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        Date:   Monday, 06 Mar 1995 09:01:00 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: Teaching *Macbeth*
 
 
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From:           Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Mar 1995 09:26:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0166 Qs: *Macbeth* Adaptation
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0166 Qs: *Macbeth* Adaptation
 
Dear Kirk Hendershott-Kraezer, Is the MACBETH modernization you're thinking
about MEN OF RESPECT. USA 1991, Dir. William Reilly w. John Turturro and
Katherine Borowitz? If so, probably available from your local friendly video
dealer. I don't know if it was  "good" but it was fun. Ken Rothwell
 
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From:           Stephen Buhler <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Mar 1995 10:40:18 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Approaches to Teaching *Macbeth*
 
Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer asked about the updated film version of *Macbeth*.
It's called *Men of Respect* and in keeping with its gangland setting has many
of the usual suspects as actors: Dennis Farina, John Turturro, and Peter Boyle.
 Released in 1990, it got *very* mixed reviews--similar to those elicited by
Peter Greenaway's exercise in contemporary Jacobean tragedy, *The Cook, the
Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover*.  Anyway, *Men of Respect* is regularly listed
in the Shakespeare catalog for Commedia dell'Arte Communications.
 
Gareth Euridge credits *Star Trek: The Next Generation* with the wry joke about
Shakespeare being superior "in the original Klingon."  The line actually occurs
in the film *Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country*.  As the title suggests,
the cultural "ownership" of Shakespeare is more than just a gag in the film:
quotations (deliberately marked and otherwise) abound, as do considerations of
cultural identity and cultural capital involving/invoking Shakespeare.  I'm
attuned to all this primarily because, as previously announced on SHAKSPER, the
SF journal *Extrapolation* has just published a special issue, edited by Susan
C. Hines, on Shakespeare and Star Trek.  (Yes, it includes articles on
*ST6*--and, yes, one of them is by me.)
 
Stephen M. Buhler
Department of English
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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From:           Steven Metsker <
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Date:           Monday, 06 Mar 1995 09:01:00 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Re: Teaching *Macbeth*
 
"Macbeth" offers excellent lessons in the nature of guilt, especially in
contrast to law.  Renegades may overwhelm the law, usurping kings may rewrite
the law, and any of us may simply elude the law.  Guilt, on the other hand, is
not so easily conquered or outrun.
 
In Macbeth's world, how was law different from the law in our world? Is guilt
any different? [If not, do you suppose that's why we still read Shakespeare?
 
        - Steve
        
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