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Re: Boston Public
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2643  Wednesday, 21 November 2001

[1]     From:   Douglas Chapman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 20 Nov 2001 13:37:40 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2635 Boston Public

[2]     From:   Ann Carrigan <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 20 Nov 2001 15:44:43 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2635 Boston Public


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From:           Douglas Chapman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 20 Nov 2001 13:37:40 EST
Subject: 12.2635 Boston Public
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2635 Boston Public

<< On the latest _Boston Public_ episode, a student challenges the
school's tradition of "jamming Shakespeare," forcing him upon students.
The teacher (Jeri Ryan) expresses this concern to her boyfriend (Billy
Zane), who wants to perform a scene for the class to inspire them.
Instead, he decides to sing the song from Zeffirelli's R&J. >>

Not much really new here. When I was a graduate student years ago (won't
say where) there was an entire cadre of grad students who all declaimed
that all Shakespeare should be rooted out and burned in classes,
libraries--wherever found. All theatre performances stopped, etc., etc.

It was led by a TA "friend" (in English Dept.) who would get very worked
up.  His idea of academic English language and literature studies
concluded that we needed to annihilate Shak.

There was, alas, a faculty member (TEACHING Shak. no less) who agreed.
Loudly.

The Bard survived. And he will survive whatever calculated stress David
EEEEEE can throw.

Douglas Chapman

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From:           Ann Carrigan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 20 Nov 2001 15:44:43 EST
Subject: 12.2635 Boston Public
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2635 Boston Public

Should we add a line to explain to those other than Americans (or those
who are not TV watchers) that "Boston Public" is a FOX network TV
program, written and produced by the prolific David E. Kelley ("The
Practice", "Picket Fences," "Ally McBeal") and airs Monday nights in the
U.S.?

By the way, Shakespeare was also featured last season, when the student
Lisa Greer was teaching the Shakespeare class in absence of a teacher.
When the administration finally wanted to put a halt to that,
vice-principal Guber attempted to lead the class in a discussion of the
Scottish tragedy. It turned out that his interpretation of Lady
Macbeth's speech was too antiseptic for the class, who had been taught
by the precocious Lisa about the sexual subtext of the words.

I'm a fan of "Boston Public," and though it is often almost as
otherworldly as some of Kelley's other series, it truly does remind me
of why I'm not teaching public school!

Best regards,
Ann Carrigan

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