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Re: Classroom Strategies
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1068.  Thursday, 23 October 1997.

[1]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 22 Oct 1997 16:23:53 -0400
        Subj:   Hawkes and Doves

[2]     From:   Peter L Groves <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Oct 1997 08:26:45 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1061  Re: Classroom Strategies


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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Wednesday, 22 Oct 1997 16:23:53 -0400
Subject:        Hawkes and Doves

I liked it better when I could be scheduled into the old dissecting
theater, with all that dark paneling, and the ineluctable odor of
formaldehyde.  But it works OK in the student center Kiva, one of those
late 60s spaces with carpeted platforms all round, like an inverted
ziggurat.  Anyway, I sit at a table in the center and read the text-I
like the Hinman Folio facsimile, but switch sometimes to the Oxford or
even, for April 1 and November 5, the Rowse, with all those pictures-for
the most part silently, though now and again I'm moved to mutter a few
lines _sotto voce_, or underline something, or write in the margin.
Attendance is 50% of the grade, with a 5% penalty for each cut (arriving
late or leaving early counts as a cut), and the exam, the other 50%,
simply asks them to identify the 5 most important passages in each play,
so the students come, and watch quite attentively, looking for clues.  I
see them after the class, in pairs or groups, talking; I think sometimes
they talk about the plays, and perhaps they learn.  It's quite restful,
really.  Nice work if you can get it.

Collegially,

Harold Hill, Jr.
Iowa International University
River City, IA

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From:           Peter L Groves <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Oct 1997 08:26:45 +0000
Subject: 8.1061  Re: Classroom Strategies
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1061  Re: Classroom Strategies

> One of my nagging  problem is that none of them have heard of scansion
> as a way of getting more out of the text-so I gave in this year ( we had
> it in grade 9 which dates me)  and tried more formally to find a way to
> help them develop that ear for rhythm. We'll see if I succeeded .

Good luck, though I suspect you'll find a proportion who are just
rhythm-deaf.  I recall a student, after a two-hour seminar on Sh.'s
metre, who began reading MND thus:

"Now, fair HIPpoLYta, our nuptial hour..."

I was reminded of this because I've just been listening to a
professional recording of <The Duchess of Malfi> in which the malcontent
is called BoSOla throughout, thus scuppering the metre of just about
every line in which the name occurs.

Peter Groves, Monash
 

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