2002

Bradbrook on Appropriating Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0921  Wednesday, 3 April 2002

From:           Martin Steward <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 2 Apr 2002 16:58:43 +0100
Subject:        Bradbrook on Appropriating Shakespeare

"It is by now a commonplace to observe that the modern theatre
approximates more closely to the Elizabethan and Jacobean than any in
the intervening years; not only the return of the thrust stage, circular
auditorium and multiple entry, but the audience participation derives
from the interaction of scholars and theatre men, beginning with Poel
and Craig. Some modern theatres built for Shakespearean productions can
offer special opportunities to modern plays (as Shaw's St Joan, at
Stratford, Ontario).

Reinterpreted in terms of other societies, Shakespeare has been played
in London in such varied styles as the magnificent Zulu Umabatha or the
Marowitz versions of Hamlet and An Othello.

The loss of a single stage-tradition of Shakespearean playing, such as
older actors relied on, may lead to what can appear permissive freedom.
Modern appeals to the cult of cruelty and violence can darken even King
Lear, and the director's theatre its most irresponsible can suffer from
the conditions denounced by Robert Brustein in The Third Theatre:

The democratization of art. ..is the inevitable consequence of a culture
where everyone is encouraged to do his own thing, and excellence gives
way before pemissiveness. But whilst all this self expression is
undoubtedly exhilarating to those who practice it, it could spell the
end of history, literature and tradition whilst banishing craft and
inspiration from the arts. For the arts, including the theatre, are the
culmination not of self-indulgence and accident, but of discipline and
imagination. What may be coming now is a theatre of liberated, arrogant
amateurs - a theatre where there will be no more spectators, only
performers, each tied up in his own tight bag.

Yet the director is by now very fully in touch with the history of the
age, and the freedom of interpretation aims at interpretation in the
light of such knowledge. At its best, it brings out a deeply creative
unity of form; knowledge of the past united with work that 'sank to the
depth of feeling was saturated, transformed there -"these are pearls
that were his eyes" and brought up to daylight again', so that 'it gives
the impression of having suffered a long incubation, though we do not
know till the shell breaks what kind of egg we have been sitting on'.
[Eliot, The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism, pp.146, 144]

The director's dream has to become united with the public response,
until through new intuitions a new objectivity is created - when the
composite work, in performance, evolves its own laws and corrects its
own mistakes.  Some modern productions have succeeded as no
archaeologically 'correct' play could do, because they respond to the
open form which is inherent in the Jacobean drama itsel


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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0920  Wednesday, 3 April 2002

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Date:           Wednesday, April 03, 2002
Subject:        Question about SHAKSPER Membership: Please Resend

Someone wrote me a few days ago asking a question about the membership
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Globe Research Seminar in Early Modern Drama

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0918  Tuesday, 2 April 2002

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 2 Apr 2002 14:20:54 +0100
Subject: 13.0874 Globe Research Seminar in Early Modern Drama
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0874 Globe Research Seminar in Early Modern Drama

Just a brief final reminder, further detail on paper titles, and notice
that the deadline for attendees to reserve places is 5pm on Wednesday 3
April.

GLOBE RESEARCH SEMINAR IN EARLY MODERN DRAMA ON 7 APRIL

1)  Martin Steward (University College London) "A course so smooth and
comical?: John Day's _Law-Trickes_, _Measure for Measure_, and the
politics of patronage"

2) Tom Rutter (University College London) "Ben Jonson and the lawyers"

At 3pm John Fletcher and Philip Massinger's _The Little French Lawyer_
in the Globe Education Centre.

For further details please contact:
Lucy Munro (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of King's College London
Martin White (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of University of Bristol
Martin Wiggins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) of the Shakespeare Institute
Gabriel Egan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of Globe Education.

The seminar website is at www.totus.org/grs.

Gabriel Egan
Globe Education

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Towards a New Dunciad

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0919  Tuesday, 2 April 2002

From:           Charles Weinstein <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 2 Apr 2002 07:10:19 -0500
Subject:        Towards a New Dunciad

Since some listmembers have failed to grasp my points, let me summarize
them.

1.  The plays are masterpieces; the films are not; and the plays and the
films are not interchangeable.

2.  Professors of English Literature have no special competence to
expound films.  They cannot speak of directing, acting, editing,
scoring, costume design, production design or cinematography with any
professional knowledge or authority.

3.  Whatever the angle or perspective, no matter how approached or how
viewed, these movies aren't good enough or important enough to be the
subject of an academic discipline.  Scholars who devote attention to
them are wasting their time; those who give courses in them are
depriving their
students of a proper education; those who publish books and articles on
them are contributing to the decline of academic, intellectual and
artistic standards.  They are hastening the reign of Universal Darkness.

4.  Shakespeare on Film is a sham, and the economics of academia cannot
justify its perpetuation.

--Charles Weinstein

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Paper Call, Mythcon 33

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0917  Tuesday, 2 April 2002

From:           Sophie Masson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 2 Apr 2002 20:36:51 +1000
Subject:        Paper Call, Mythcon 33

Shakespereans may be interested in the following CFP on Shakespeare and
Fantasy..

Sophie Masson
Author site:
http://www.northnet.com.au/~smasson

PAPER CALL-- The 33rd Annual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon XXXIII)
Theme: "A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare and Fantasy"
Boulder, Colorado July 26-29, 2002

<http://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon33.html>

Scholar Guest of Honor: Alexei Kondratiev

Alexei Kondratiev is a Celtic scholar and linguist as well as a
long-time member of the Mythopoeic Society.  Since 1984 he has taught
Irish at the Irish Arts Centre in New York as well as teaching courses
on Celtic mythology, early Celtic Christianity, the history of Celtic
traditional music and related topics.  He is the author of The Apple
Branch:  A Path to Celtic Ritual, and has contributed numerous articles
to a variety of publications including Mythlore, Mythprint, Keltoi,
CARN, People of the Earth and Keltria.

Author Guest of Honor: Connie Willis

Connie Willis is a prolific science fiction writer, the winner of six
Nebulas, six Hugos, and numerous other awards; she is the first author
to win both the Nebula and Hugo in all four fiction categories. Ms.
Willis once said in an interview, "I think every writer creates a world
that exists only in the pages of his book . literary worlds are more
real . sort of hyper-real."

The Mythopoeic Society is an international literary and educational
organization devoted to the study, discussion, and enjoyment of the
works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams. It believes
the study of these writers can lead to a greater understanding and
appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and spiritual traditions
which underlie their works, and can also engender an interest in the
study of the genre of fantasy as a whole and the realm of myth and
legend from which such authors derive their inspiration. Find out more
about the Society and previous Mythcons at <http://www.mythsoc.org/.>

Papers dealing with the conference theme are encouraged, as are those on
the role of the Society in Mythopoeic scholarship. Papers focusing on
the work and interests of our Guests of Honor, the Inklings (especially
Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams), and other fantasy authors and themes are
also welcome. We are interested in papers from a variety of perspectives
and disciplines.

Some ideas to explore:
 


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