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Re: Beginning Student and Play Order
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0112  Thursday, 21 January 1999.

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Jan 1999 15:15:58 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0100 Re: Beginning Shakespeare Student

[2]     From:   "Robin Hamilton" <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Jan 1999 15:23:29 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0094 Beginning Shakespeare Student Needs Help

[3]     From:   Geralyn Horton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Jan 1999 19:10:34 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0109 Order of plays?


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Jan 1999 15:15:58 -0000
Subject: 10.0100 Re: Beginning Shakespeare Student
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0100 Re: Beginning Shakespeare Student

>If you
>are looking for a complete works, the Riverside (footnotes at the bottom
>of each column) is pretty good.  Of course, the footnotes are not always
>correct, but they are likely to be more right than you are, at least
>until you have studied the plays for a while.

>Larry Weiss

Larry's right on the usefulness of a complete edition of the plays-and
you get the Sonnets and poems thrown in for nothing.  I'd go further and
say this is essential, even before getting copies of the individual
plays you're studying, but I'd plump (for various reasons) for the
edition recently published by Norton rather than the Riverside-a more
up-to-date text [there's an argument behind this] and good notes and
introductions and lots of background stuff.

Good luck, anyway.

Robin Hamilton

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From:           "Robin Hamilton" <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Jan 1999 15:23:29 -0000
Subject: 10.0094 Beginning Shakespeare Student Needs Help
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0094 Beginning Shakespeare Student Needs Help

Heather:

>My professor
>mentioned poetry and prose and said we should pay very close attention
>to prose verses.  How do I distinguish the two?

Rule of thumb:  if the lines stop short of the right-hand edge of the
page/column, it's verse, otherwise it's prose.

Sounds silly, but it works, and anything more sophisticated gets you
involved in the verse/poetry argument, which is maybe a different issue.

Also, try reading the bits in verse and the bits in prose out aloud (or
even into a tape recorder, if you're a real masochist!) -- they come out
differently and sound different.

If you want a crude way to show this, type out a few lines of the verse
without the line endings, as if it were prose, and give it to someone to
read, and listen to what happens.

Cheers
Robin Hamilton

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From:           Geralyn Horton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Jan 1999 19:10:34 -0500
Subject: 10.0109 Order of plays?
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0109 Order of plays?

>My biggest problem is that I miss the interaction
>between teacher & student &/or classmates.  For example,  I have never
>had a fiery, jealous love like Othello's.  I have no one to say, for
>example, "That sounds like my friend and her boyfriend.  He was so
>jealous when she looked at another guy, he...."  I have no one to help
>me translate some of the plays to my own life, or to point out the
>points I'm missing.
>
>I know I can ask questions on this list, but mine seem so simple, I hate
>to post them

I think she would enjoy the humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare
newsgroup. To make full use of it she would have to alter her reading
strategy, though.  The group has a "play of the month" chosen by ballot,
and people post questions, speculate, share scholarship: the discussion
is usually informal and friendly.  Three recent plays were Merry Wives,
Titus Andronicus, and Love's Labors Lost-the idea being to encourage
just the sort of companionable reading beyond the usual favorites she
seems to be want.

G.L.Horton <http://www.tiac.net/users/ghorton>
 

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