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Shakespeare in Love
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1503  Thursday, 14 June 2001

From:           Marcia Eppich <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001 20:32:29 -0500
Subject:        Shakespeare in Love

Hi folks,

I was wondering if anyone knew of any scholarship on Shakespeare in Love
that may be available. I had the good fortune today to find a couple of
articles with S. Greenblatt and H. Bloom's commentary, but I was
wondering if there is anything more substantial out there than just
these brief articles. I know the movie is only a couple of years old,
but the Shakespeare scholars seemed to "hop to it" when the movie came
out. A longer, more in-depth analysis is what I'm after. I'm trying to
decide whether or not to include this movie as part of my thesis.
Obviously, Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard took quite a few liberties when
writing it, but I think it's still a great piece of work, and it puts
Shakespeare back where he belongs: in the entertainment business. But
not just the entertainment business of the scholars. That's really what
I'm interested in studying.

Shakespeare, himself, was a regular guy who entertained, yes, the noble
and royal, but also the "average Joes" of England too. Bringing
Shakespeare back to the masses is what really interests me, but so many
people fear that the Bard is too sophisticated for them, thinking they
won't understand the plays, et al. I know I don't need to tell any of
you this, but I think we sometimes get pretty wrapped up in our
quotations and forget the reason why we feel so passionately about
proving this or that about the works of Shakespeare. What I wish, in a
perfect world, is that there would be more accessible, entertaining, and
enjoyable movies, etc., like Shakespeare in Love that would bring the
Bard back to the regular people of the world.

So my question is twofold: do you have any knowledge of extensive
research/scholarship on the movie? Do any of you have opinions on it?

As always, thanks so much for your input,
Marcia

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