As You Like It in the Classroom
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1366 Wednesday, 30 June 2004
From: Edmund Taft <
Date: Tuesday, 29 Jun 2004 09:28:22 -0400
Subject: As You Like It in the Classroom
I teach AYLI often, and I've encountered the same problem as Jack
Heller. My theory is that the play is too optimistic and sunny for
today's students, who face (or think they face) economic uncertainty and
rapid social change. In recent years, the play that grabs their
attention is M for M. It's more "realistic" and "earthy."
Also, I confess that while I like AYLI, I put it in the same category as
"It's a Wonderful Life," a great movie but a little hard to take, and so
over-exposed that I quickly turn the channel at Christmas time (when
it's always on), and watch something else.
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