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Re: Shakespeare and Teenagers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1817  Tuesday, 3 September 2002

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Aug 2002 08:25:29 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1814 Shakespeare and Teenagers

[2]     From:   Ira Zinman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Aug 2002 11:26:46 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1814 Shakespeare and Teenagers

[3]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Aug 2002 08:58:07 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1814 Shakespeare and Teenagers

[4]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Aug 2002 17:38:18 +0100
        Subj:   Sam Small's "Passion in Pieces"

[5]     From:   Ted Dykstra <
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        Date:   Thursday, 29 Aug 2002 13:12:08 EDT
        Subj:   Teenagers

[6]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Tuesday, September 03, 2002
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1814 Shakespeare and Teenagers


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Aug 2002 08:25:29 -0400
Subject: 13.1814 Shakespeare and Teenagers
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1814 Shakespeare and Teenagers

Here's an anecdote to the contrary.  My 12 year daughter tells me she
loves Shakespeare.  She first watched the Trevor Nunn TN film with me
when she was six and liked that; then I took her to a production of MND
when she was eight.  She saw Shrew when she was ten.  And this summer I
took to her see Henry V.

She has read Lamb's Tales and, before that, several other books with the
plays retold as stories.  She reads books about Shakespeare like the
Shakespeare Scribbler.

She reads these all on her own and asks to go to productions.  Also, I
was at a conference recently, and it turned out that everyone there had
been involved in at least one theater production of a Shakespeare as a
child or teenager.

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From:           Ira Zinman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Aug 2002 11:26:46 EDT
Subject: 13.1814 Shakespeare and Teenagers
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1814 Shakespeare and Teenagers

In response to Sam's article, I think it fair to say that "forced to
study" any thing is an issue with any child, adolescent or adult.
However, for some very enlightening information on the value of exposure
of children to Shakespeare or other classics, I suggest going to
www.theurbanman.com.

Click on the Never-never-land article of Marc Zasada.  His conclusions
on exposure of the classics to children is the same effect as noted in
adults that Martin Lings points out in reference to Shakespeare
audiences.  It is very positive and uplifting.  Lings book ,THE SACRED
ART OF SHAKESPEARE, with a preface by HRH the Prince of Wales may
surprise many.  Prince Charles is apparently an avid Shakespeare reader.

Sincerely,
Ira

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Aug 2002 08:58:07 -0700
Subject: 13.1814 Shakespeare and Teenagers
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1814 Shakespeare and Teenagers

Sam Small remarks,

>I now think that teenagers are rather frightening creatures.  Was
>I really one?

Have you ever ceased to be?  Your dismissal of the young as a group
seems to show the same sort of black and white logic ascribed by the
article to pre-pubescents, while the random abuse of your posts seems
adolescent in its recklessness.

Now, by the way, that you have scientific evidence that teenagers
understand love as different from lust, I assume that you'll be willing
to go back to teaching Romeo and Juliet?

Cheers,
Se

 

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