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"Beware March 15!" but No Fear Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0683  Monday, 15 March 2004

From:           Ivan Lupic <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Mar 2004 18:28:48 +0100
Subject: 15.0646 "Beware March 15!" but No Fear Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0646 "Beware March 15!" but No Fear Shakespeare

If "Shakespeare" is so terribly lost in translation why do the
foreigners bother? There are many people out there (unbelievable as it
may sound) who actually read (or are forced to read) Shakespeare in
languages other than English. They happen to understand most of the
words without leafing through dictionaries or consulting hundreds of
explanatory notes. There is, I believe, a difference between thinking
and thinking hard, not to mention making "thinking" hard. But what I
really find surprising (not to say insulting) in the article that
provoked this discussion is the claim, sanctioned by the authority of a
university professor, that "Shakespeare without language is like a movie
without sound". Though I am saddened by the fact that language (no
article used) for some people means English (or, even worse, early
modern English), the superior quality of many a silent film gives me
comfort.

Ivan Lupic'

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