The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1913 Monday, 21 November 2005
From: Jack Lynch <
Date: Saturday, 19 Nov 2005 12:42:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Modern Bowdlerizations
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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