2003

Re: Shakespeare Usurped

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0135  Monday, 27 January 2003

From:           David Evett <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 22:28:04 -0500
Subject: 14.0124 Re: Shakespeare Usurped
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0124 Re: Shakespeare Usurped

The question Sam Small raises-and it is important-is finally a question
of genre.  The work of epic (from *Gilgamesh* to *The Lord of the Rings*
on film) is to reassert the most deeply held communal values of the
society to which the particular poem belongs.  (I'm aware of the
ambiguities of that last phrase.)  Along the way, the epic text may
question, even challenge, those values.  But it does, finally, enact and
endorse them.  The work of drama (from Aeschylus  to Caryl Churchill) is
to interrogate the most overtly held values of the society to which the
work belongs.  Along the way, the drama may affirm those values.  But it
does not, finally, unequivocally enact and endorse them.

Tolkien, the student and writer of epic, and Shakespeare, the student
and writer of drama, inhabit substantially different esthetic, moral,
and social realms. I have never had the least difficulty in finding
central places for both their ouevres in my own reader's and
theater-goer's life, nor felt the least compunction about introducing
both of them to my children. I hope I have also been wise enough to know
that no work of art by itself (not Shakespeare, not Tolkien, not the
Bible, not the Koran) adequately accounts for all that goes on in the
world in which we have to live.  But I find the visions of Tolkien and
Shakespeare more instructive about that world than many other visions.

Dogmatically,
David Evett

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Small Change

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0134  Monday, 27 January 2003

From:           Graham Hall <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 26 Jan 2003 11:03:08 +0000
Subject:        Small Change

Coins passim.

To Eastward Ho!  in London.

"Wipe thy bum with testons..." (1.1.115) is altered to "sixpence". "Bum"
always raises a titter, of course so there is a confounding variable but
my gin-assisted calculation (made at the interval bar) puts at least
half the audience under thirty years old and the other half closer to
sixty plus. My actuarial brother-in-law tells me that it'll have to be
changed therefore to "two and a half pee" within fifteen years or
"sixpence" will be as much a puzzle as "testons". Perhaps the
juxtaposition of "bum" and "pee" will raise an even bigger titter
though.

Best wishes
Graham Hall

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Video Recordings of Jonson's Plays

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0132  Monday, 27 January 2003

From:           Holger Schott <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:59:03 -0500
Subject:        Video Recordings of Jonson's Plays

Dear listmembers --

I'll be teaching a seminar on Jonson's drama next term, and would like
to give the students an idea of how Ben works on the stage, or even the
screen, but I'm having a hard time finding recordings. I'd greatly
appreciate any help you might be able to offer.

Best wishes,
Holger Schott
Department of English and American Literature
Harvard University

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Birnam Oak

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0133  Monday, 27 January 2003

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 22:17:17 -0500
Subject:        Birnam Oak

I was listening to NPR Saturday, January 25 to a British folk music
show, and a Scots guy named

Pete Clark was interviewed about a song he composed and performs called
"Birnam Oak."

He said it was commissioned by Fiddle 2000 in Edinburgh, and he
mentioned Birnam Woods "immortalized in Shakespeare's in Macbeth."

I liked the song.

[Editor's Note: Anyone who has traveled in Scotland recently knows of
the difficulty of finding accommodations that are not booked long in
advance. Fortuitously, this summer we stayed in Birnam at the Birnam
Wood Guest House, a brief walk from the one "surviving" Birnam Oak.
Couldn't pass that one up. -Hardy]

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Shakespeare Returns to Iranian Stage

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0131  Monday, 27 January 2003

From:           Sean Lawrence <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 24 Jan 2003 14:02:25 PST
Subject:        Shakespeare Returns to Iranian Stage

It seems that Shakespeare performances have spread to yet another new
venue.

Yours,
Sean.

Shakespeare Returns to Iranian Stage
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20030124/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_shakespeare

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