1997

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1033.  Tuesday, 14 October 1997.

[1]     From:   David J. Knauer <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 13 Oct 1997 10:57:35 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: Classroom Strategies

[2]     From:   Dale Lyles <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 13 Oct 1997 12:12:17 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1027  Re: Classroom Strategies

[3]     From:   Pervez Rizvi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 13 Oct 1997 13:43:52 +0100
        Subj:   Re: classrom strategies

[4]     From:   Rod Osiowy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 13 Oct 1997 13:09:48 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1027  Re: Classroom Strategies

[5]     From:   Skip Nicholson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 13 Oct 1997 21:39:35 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1027  Re: Classroom Strategies


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From:           David J. Knauer <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 13 Oct 1997 10:57:35 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Re: Classroom Strategies

While I decline to take a position on the efficacy of having students
first read a Shakespearean play or witness a performance, I'd like to
point out to those who insist on categorizing the plays as primarily
performance scripts that, since at least 1623, we've been a long way
from anything resembling a Shakespearean theatrical text.  Those folios,
and before them, quartos, weren't printed up so folks could act
Shakespeare at home; rather, they had already become a sort of poetry
or, to use a modernism, dramatic literature.  There is a surround of
early publishing and printing practices that obscures any easy
definition of these texts as performance scripts, no matter their
original state or author's intention.  The texts' histories confound
this sort of idealism.  That said, play on.

David Knauer

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From:           Dale Lyles <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 13 Oct 1997 12:12:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.1027  Re: Classroom Strategies
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1027  Re: Classroom Strategies

Karen Krebser has perhaps inadvertently proven my point when she says
that "These plays are mostly read, and studied on the page, rather than
on the stage."  There lies the most serious error in most literature
classrooms today.

There is no reason, *none*, why one of Shakespeare's plays should be
studied in any classroom other than as a performance text.  To any
teacher who says, "I can't do that," I would reply with Lyles'
Operational Thesis of Actors:

"There is no such thing as an actor who can't, only an actor who
won't."  Get thee to a good source like the Oxfords or Cambridges or the
Folger series [thanks, Peggy O'Brien!!!] and start digging into those
scripts alongside your students.

And to those whose complaint is that you can't "cover" the play doing
this, ask yourselves what your goal is, to have children who can
identify what happens in II.1 or who says what in III.4, or to have
children who are thrilled to think of being able to see/play the world's
greatest playwright?

Trust me--I've been there, done that, and I know the difference it
makes.

Encouragingly pushing teachers over the edge,
Dale Lyles, a public educator
as well as
Newnan Community Theatre Company

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From:           Pervez Rizvi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 13 Oct 1997 13:43:52 +0100
Subject:        Re: classrom strategies

In the classroom strategies discussion one or two people made the point
last week that Shakespeare's plays were meant to be performed not read.
That's self-evidently true but I also think that the point has become a
clich 

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