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Summer Session Syllabus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0877  Thursday, 15 April 2004

[1]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Apr 2004 15:10:51 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0872 Summer Session Syllabus

[2]     From:   Mary Rosenberg <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Apr 2004 15:11:25 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0872 Summer Session Syllabus

[3]     From:   Edson Tadeu Ortolan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Apr 2004 00:56:13 -0300
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From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Apr 2004 15:10:51 +0100
Subject: 15.0872 Summer Session Syllabus
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0872 Summer Session Syllabus

Totally agree with those who have warned against LLL: tried it once, and
never, never again! VERY tricky indeed, complex plot, quirky, allusive
language, and 'comedy' is rather drawn out and a bit tenuous / tedious
at times IMHO. Devil and Long spoon image comes to mind.

Shrew is superficially attractive, but perhaps likewise problematical:
language is NOT simple at first bite - Kiss me Kate it ain't!!

MM: I disagree with those who warn: lots of issues, male/female roles,
public and private morality, Puritanism / liberalism, lovely
juxta-positioning of the counterpoint between the come uppance for both
Angelo and Lucio, dark ending ripe for endless discussions about
punishment fitting the crime, deception by Mariana - what about HER
moral stance and those who use her eg the 'innocent' Isabella? erm....
issue? etc??? Ambivalent stuff there enough for students to get irate about.

12th Nt: why not?? Lots of issues, good on kinds of love, genuine comic
genres / archetypes inter-related, sweet and sour ending. Music?

Tempest: fantastic choice - BUT it is a real think piece too. Best
poetry of the lot IMHO Pair it with Lear? Prospero a nearly-Lear??

H5: following lots of threads on this group bang up to date in terms of
war / peace / invasions / leadership etc? dynamite! Pretty well all men,
but so what? Short too. V. Actable.

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From:           Mary Rosenberg <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Apr 2004 15:11:25 -0700
Subject: 15.0872 Summer Session Syllabus
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0872 Summer Session Syllabus

Just a thought: I once tried selecting plays by theme - and Much Ado,
Othello and Winter's Tale made an interesting grouping as studies of
sexual jealousy and mistrust. They also cover three of your categories,
comedy, tragedy and late romance. You could then add a history (Henry IV
perhaps) and a problem play (Measure for Measure). Really just a thought.

Mary Rosenberg

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Date:           Thursday, 15 Apr 2004 00:56:13 -0300
Subject:        Re: Summer Session Syllabus

Joe,

Why not "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Richard 2nd", and "Macbeth"?

Good course.

Edson Ortolan

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