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Shifting of Cultural Tectonic Plates
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1171  Wednesday, 2 June 2004

From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Jun 2004 08:47:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 15.1164 Shifting of Cultural Tectonic Plates
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1164 Shifting of Cultural Tectonic Plates

Some might say that I was crazy to do this, but I began my first-ever
Shakespeare course with teaching Love's Labour's Lost. That may have
been fortuitous; it led to an immediate discussion of why the plays must
be read. With LLL, I suggested to the students that if Shakespeare's
intention were for the play's performance only, then he seriously
overworked (which is a possibility, by the way). Too many language jokes
would be missed by the listening audience. As for how long have the
plays been studied--maybe not in a formal classroom setting, but I would
say since the 1590s, just as soon has his contemporaries started lifting
lines.

Jack Heller
Huntington College

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