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Re: Cliff's Notes
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1097  Wednesday, 30 June 1999.

[1]     From:   Chris Stroffolino <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 29 Jun 1999 19:28:00 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   IN DEFENSE OF CLIFF & HER NOTES?

[2]     From:   David Maier <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 29 Jun 1999 20:02:48 -0700
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.1083 Re: Cliff's Notes


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From:           Chris Stroffolino <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jun 1999 19:28:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        IN DEFENSE OF CLIFF & HER NOTES?

Hey, I applied for the CLIFF NOTES gig. Didn't hear back from them, but
as somebody who's having a hard time "shopping" his dissertation around
in the proper scholarly venues (and doesn't have time to chop its 50
page chapters into 20 page essays fit for journals etc.), and thus
"landing" a gig that's not just adjunct, I thought that maybe it would
be an interesting way to engage in the plays, and the critical
perspectives again and perhaps even be published.

Now, surely CLIFF's NOTES is not respectable, but why is it any less so
than Branagh or other "aids" teachers use?  I mean, there may be a
responsible way to use them. Also, there may be a way to write SMARTLY
in them-They want to UPDATE them...perhaps to push the barriers and take
into account different ways of reading the plays than the old version
did.  Any scholar I think who has a unique, or "new" take on a play, or
a sense of the critical history of the plays, one would think might
welcome the chance to accept the institutional authority a text such a
CN can have....There is nothing INTRINSICALLY wrong with them, unless
one wants to ride the slippery slope and say we should do away with ALL
forms of secondary texts, from Boyce's SHAKESPEARE A TO Z and CHARNEY's
"ALL OF SHAKESPEARE" beyond to any non self-reflexive reading, which of
course we may spare from such charges (Hawkes, etc.) Yet, one can still
love Terrence's work and not be a particular "whore" for considering the
possibility of writing for Cliff Notes.

love & pasties,
chris

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From:           David Maier <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jun 1999 20:02:48 -0700
Subject: 10.1083 Re: Cliff's Notes
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.1083 Re: Cliff's Notes

One of my professors in law school had a sure fire solution to what, in
legal education, is the moral equivalent to Cliff's Notes.  For his
final examination he would quote verbatim from the offending study
guide, followed by "Discuss."
 

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