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Banned Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0255  Friday, 30 January 2004

[1]     From:   Ted Nellen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 08:10:31 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Max Gutmann <
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        Date:   Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 06:22:42 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare

[3]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 09:25:27 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare

[4]     From:   Dan Smith <
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        Date:   Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 14:50:03 -0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare


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From:           Ted Nellen <
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Date:           Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 08:10:31 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare

In NYC public schools we teach _Othello_, but not without controversy.
The one play I have never heard taught in a NYC public HS is _Merchant
of Venice_. I was told outright by an English chair many years ago, I
could not teach it as she found the play anti-Semitic. I wonder what
would happen if one wanted to teach _Titus_, but then some might ask why
would you want to? Well because it is such a cool play and so reflective
of NYC society sometimes.

tednellen
http://www.tnellen.com/

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From:           Max Gutmann <
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Date:           Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 06:22:42 -0800
Subject: 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare

This is probably not of interest for the high school contest, but it's a
related topic (and now that the opportunity presents itself, I realize
how eager I am to spread the word).

My own book, There Was a Young Girl from Verona: A Limerick Cycle Based
on the Complete Dramatic Works of Shakespeare, after selling like
hotcakes at the Tudor Guild Gift Shop at Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare
Festival for a couple of months during the festival's off-season, was
removed from the shelves due to complaints from shoppers and volunteers.
(Following the tendency of limericks--and of Shakespeare--a couple of
the limericks in the books are bawdy, and one uses profane language.)
(http://www.ddaze.com is the URL if anyone's interested.)

Max Gutmann

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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 09:25:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare

Whether Shakespeare's play or his own adaptation, I'm not sure, but
Bertolt Brecht's Coriolanus ran against political opposition.

Jack Heller
Huntington College

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From:           Dan Smith <
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Date:           Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 14:50:03 -0000
Subject: 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0238 Banned Shakespeare

I'm not sure about banned but wasn't Measure for Measure the only play
to completely defy bowdlerisation (since all that remained afterwards
was a man making holiday plans)

Dan Smith

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