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Re: Suggestions for a Shakespeare Class
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0503  Tuesday, 26 May 1998.

[1]     From:   David C. Frankel <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 May 1998 22:44:57 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 9.0492  Re: Suggestions for a Shakespeare Class

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 May 1998 09:31:09 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 9.0492  Re: Suggestions for a Shakespeare Class


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From:           David C. Frankel <
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Date:           Monday, 25 May 1998 22:44:57 -0400
Subject: 9.0492  Re: Suggestions for a Shakespeare Class
Comment:        RE: SHK 9.0492  Re: Suggestions for a Shakespeare Class

 Simon Malloch suggests that:

> Unless it is a class specifically related to Shakespeare and
> film,  why
> not have them read the plays first,  then look at the
> productions?  Let
> them interpret and discuss first. Let them know the play(s) before
> showing them the productions.  Knowledge of the former should prepare
> them for the interpretations in the latter.

On the other hand, audience's often (and in Shakespeare's day probably
did) come to the plays without knowing them first.  I go back and forth
on this one, but when I do show a production before reading the play I
try to give at least some of the background that (some) of the audience
might have brought to *their* experience.

C. David Frankel
Visiting Assistant Professor
   of Theatre/Academic Advisor
University of South Florida

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 May 1998 09:31:09 -0400
Subject: Re: Suggestions for a Shakespeare Class
Comment:        SHK 9.0492  Re: Suggestions for a Shakespeare Class

Ray Lischner's account of the exercise involving repeatedly intoned
verses and puzzled students with closed eyes, trying to understand them
by hopefully scribbling on blank pieces of paper, certainly took me
back. We used to call them 'lectures'.  It makes one hungry for
'Shakespeare For Dummies'-three words with an aura of promise matched
only  by 'Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival'.

Terence Hawkes
 

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