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Modern Bowdlerizations
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1913  Monday, 21 November 2005

From: 		Jack Lynch <
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Date: 		Saturday, 19 Nov 2005 12:42:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 	Modern Bowdlerizations

Dear folks,

Can anyone provide me with examples of recent bowdlerizations of 
Shakespeare's plays?  I'm told that, even today, some school textbooks 
silently omit the bawdy passages.  I'd like to find some current examples.

Of course adaptations -- especially those for children, such as _The 
Lion King_ -- often tone down the naughty bits.  But I'm less interested 
in such adaptations than in texts that purport to be the "real 
Shakespeare," and yet still remove things that are offensive.

I'll also be glad for any glosses or notes that intentionally play down 
the naughtiness -- not merely sins of omission (no gloss, for instance, 
on "country matters") but sins of commission (those that deliberately 
misrepresent the original bawdry).

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