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Re: "Shakespeare in the Bush"
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0273.  Friday, 7 April 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Dave Collins <
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        Date:   Thursday, 6 Apr 1995 21:01:36 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0269  Q: Sh in Bush
 
(2)     From:   Douglas M Lanier <
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        Date:   Friday, 7 Apr 1995 09:20:11 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Shakespeare in the Bush(2)
 
(3)     From:   Naomi Liebler <
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        Date:   Friday, 7 Apr 95 10:00:00 EST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 6.0269  Q: Sh in Bush
 
 
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From:           Dave Collins <
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Date:           Thursday, 6 Apr 1995 21:01:36 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 6.0269  Q: Sh in Bush
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0269  Q: Sh in Bush
 
The article "Shakespeare in the Bush" is by Laura Bohannan, a cultural
anthropologist who tells of her attempt to relate the story of _Hamlet_ to the
Tiv people in West Africa.  We and they definitely belong to different
"interpretive communities"!  The article appeared in _Natural History_, the
August/September issue in 1966.
 
--Dave Collins
Westminster College, Fulton, MO
 
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From:           Douglas M Lanier <
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Date:           Friday, 7 Apr 1995 09:20:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Shakespeare in the Bush
 
Laura Bohannon's "Shakespeare in the Bush" is anthologized in *Conformity and
Conflict:  Readings in Cultural Anthropology,* eds. James P. Spradley and David
W. McCurdy (Boston:  Little Brown, 1980), fourth edition, pp. 21-31.  I'm not
sure whether the essay appears in other editions of this standard intro
anthropology collection.  The essay first appeared in *Natural History
Magazine*, August/September 1966 (according to the note in my copy of the
book).
 
I found out about this article from SHAKSPERians about two years ago, and I've
used it ever since in my Shakespeare classes to great effect.  It's a wonderful
way to raise, early in the class, questions about Shakespearean "essentialism"
and cultural embeddedness.  And it's awfully entertaining.
 
Cheers,
Doug Lanier
 
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From:           Naomi Liebler <
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Date:           Friday, 7 Apr 95 10:00:00 EST
Subject: 6.0269  Q: Sh in Bush
Comment:        RE: SHK 6.0269  Q: Sh in Bush
 
John Mills seeks the text of the essay sometimes known as "Shakespeare in the
Bush." That is the title used occasionally when the essay is reprinted in
freshman anthologies. The original title is "Miching Mallecho: That Means
Witchcraft." The essay was written by Laura Bohannon, an American
anthropologist studying at Oxford who went off to do her fieldwork among the
Tiv of West Africa. This wonderful account of her experience (not a play, not a
school exercise, not an adaptation of anything) was originally published in
*From the Third Programme,* ed. John Morris, London: Nonesuch Press, 1956.
 
Happy reading!
Naomi C. Liebler
 

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