2005

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0165  Thursday, 27 January 2005

From:           Susanne Greenhalgh <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 27 Jan 2005 09:15:25 -0000
Subject:        The Rotter's Club and Shakespeare

I certainly have no intention of opening the debate which Hardy has
diplomatically drawn to a close, but last night's opening episode of
BBC2's dramatization of Jonathan Coe's novel The Rotter's Club (26/1/05)
featured a class-room scene in which a pupil (previously seen doing a
black-face impression of the accused in To Kill A Mocking Bird and using
racist terms) introduced the question of Shakespeare's sexuality, with
equivalent abusive language.  The teacher punishes him by giving an
essay topic to the effect that 'Great writing has no gender'. I haven't
read the novel (a portrait of Britain in the 70s centred on Birmingham)
but assume that this incident, or something like it, appears there.

Susanne Greenhalgh

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