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Re: Cliff's Abominations
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1073  Monday, 28 June 1999.

[1]     From:   John Savage <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Jun 1999 10:06:56 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 10.1060 Cliffs Notes

[2]     From:   Marilyn A. Bonomi <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Jun 1999 19:28:38 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1060: Cliff's Abominations

[3]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Monday, June 28, 1999
        Subj:   SHK 10.1060 Cliffs Notes


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From:           John Savage <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jun 1999 10:06:56 -0400
Subject: Cliffs Notes
Comment:        SHK 10.1060 Cliffs Notes

>As an acquisitions editor for Cliffs Notes...  <<

Is anyone there contemplating putting the Notes on a CD-ROM?

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From:           Marilyn A. Bonomi <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jun 1999 19:28:38 -0400
Subject: 10.1060: Cliff's Abominations
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1060: Cliff's Abominations

I find the fact that Cliff's Notes has the balls to ask a community of
SCHOLARS to contribute to the most blatantly anti-scholarly set of
enticements to intellectual deceit and dishonesty, not to mention
indolence, to be astonishing, insulting, and appalling.

Cliffs Notes advertise in a way that states to students that reading
Cliffs Notes will help them with their reading <wink wink nod nod> while
at the same time implying strongly that w/ Cliffs Notes they won't HAVE
to read the book.  And of course the students recognize the appeal of
the latter rather than the former.

Students who "only use them to review what happens in the book" are
better served making their own chapter notes; I sometimes require that
of my own students.

Students who use them to get ideas about significances of theme,
character, imagery are cheating themselves as well as their teachers.
Better to stretch one's own mind and OWN the idea than simply to read
passively someone else's ideas and pass them on in class discussions and
essays as if they'd come up w/ them.  The blatant plagiarism that still
occurs regularly boggles the mind and depresses the spirit, believe me.

I confiscate Cliffs Notes when I see them in my students' possession.  I
tell students that I will return them on the last day of school or to
their parents immediately I see their parents at a conference about
using Cliffs Notes.  I've yet to see a parent; I've yet to have a
student ask me for the Cliffs Notes back, either.  I have on occasion
confiscated 2-3 copies of the same book from a single student, however
<g>.

Go away, Mr. Hilligas.  Go away, Cliffs Notes.  Just... GO AWAY.

Marilyn A. Bonomi

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Monday, June 28, 1999
Subject: Cliffs Notes
Comment:        SHK 10.1060 Cliffs Notes

Since I was a graduate student (sometime during the second incarnation
of that life), I wanted to re-write Crime and Punishment and have the
Raskolnikov character working for Cliffs Notes.
 

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