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Shakespeare, the true-blue,
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0332  Thursday, 5 February 2004

[1]     From:   Cynthia Bowers <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 04 Feb 2004 15:21:41 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0312 Shakespeare, the true-blue, red-blooded,white
American patriot

[2]     From:   Patrick Dolan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 05:23:54 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 3 Feb 2004 to 4 Feb 2004 (#2004-25)


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From:           Cynthia Bowers <
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Date:           Wednesday, 04 Feb 2004 15:21:41 -0500
Subject: 15.0312 Shakespeare, the true-blue, red-blooded,white
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0312 Shakespeare, the true-blue, red-blooded,white
American patriot

Surely Gioia's "conservative" efforts can be viewed favorable by
Americans threatened by progressive art, especially when it is funded
with their tax dollars.  Conservatives in this country have all but
succeeded in gutting the NEA by invoking Mapplethorp et al. as
"evidence" of the decadence of the art support by the NEA (untrue, of
course).

However, though I agree that wrapping Shakespeare in red, white, and
blue (also the colors of the British flag, no?) may be offensive to some
of our cousins across the pond, this particular program is to be lauded,
especially given the dismal state of arts/theatre/music education in
general in this country.  Any program that gets live people into live
theatre to witness a Shakespeare play, especially in underserved
communities, has enormous value.  (And, by the way, I've been to
Baraboo, WI, and it's hardly a back-woods community.)  Also, the
companies listed are quite accomplished--though of course they are not
the RSC or the National.

We must crawl before we can walk, no?  And perhaps an introduction to
Shakespeare's works via "original practice" staging can prepare
audiences to welcome PoMo productions in the future.  Whatever it takes.

Cindy Bowers
Asst. Prof. English
Kennesaw State University

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From:           Patrick Dolan <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 05:23:54 -0600
Subject:        Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 3 Feb 2004 to 4 Feb 2004 (#2004-25)

 >Perhaps someone wants to make the case
 >that Shakespeare was actually American...

As my father is an avid William F. Buckley Jr. fan, both on television
and in the National Review, and since dad brings up the
anti-Stratfordian stuff when Buckley does, I've formed the impression
(no more than that) that U.S. political conservatives are slightly more
willing to listen to anti-Stratfordian claims than, say, English
professors. As near as I can figure, this willingness derives from a
predisposition that says that relatively humble birth plus a sketchy (in
their view) education cannot produce great art. Then there's the
tendency to believe that there are conspiracies everywhere, especially
in academia, to deprive the rich and aristocratic of credit for, well,
everything good. Maybe that's just dad. You never know, though.

Pat

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