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Re: Boring Bard Barred
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0989  Tuesday, 1 May 2001

[1]     From:   Brian Vickers <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Apr 2001 16:35:14 +0200
        Subj:   SHK 12.0958 Boring Bard Barred

[2]     From:   David Lindley <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Apr 2001 17:11:47 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0975 Re: Boring Bard Barred


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From:           Brian Vickers <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Apr 2001 16:35:14 +0200
Subject: Boring Bard Barred
Comment:        SHK 12.0958 Boring Bard Barred

For the record, the Independent newspaper of 25 April carried the
following letter from Monica Wilson, Press Officer of the South African
High Commission: 'No decision has been taken by the Gauteng Education
Department to drop Nadine Gordimer's July's People or any other works by
other authors from the school syllabus. The views expressed by Mr
Padayachee do not represent the views of the Gauteng Education
Department. The Education Minister in fact commented that the views
expressed were "ill-informed, pedagogically unsound and smacked of
anti-intellectualism". The Gauteng Provincial Education Minister has
promised an investigation and argued that "learners should be subjected
to a broad variety of literary styles and traditions to ensure that they
develop an ability to critically understand and evaluate what they are
reading'. Hear, hear.

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From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Apr 2001 17:11:47 +0100
Subject: 12.0975 Re: Boring Bard Barred
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0975 Re: Boring Bard Barred

>I would just point out that the Taliban destroys 1500 year old statues
>under precisely the same terribly misguided criteria (I could not bring
>myself to use the word thought.)

I'm no expert, but aren't their 'misguided criteria' not so different
from those which prompted the iconoclasm of the mid-sixteenth and
mid-seventeenth centuries (and significantly different from that of the
mid-nineteenth century)?

David Lindley
Professor of Renaissance Literature
School of English
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
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