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Shakespeare goes to high school
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1666  Thursday, 29 September 2005

[1] 	From: 	Lauryn Sasso <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 11:53:09 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1645 Shakespeare goes to high school

[2] 	From: 	Mari Bonomi <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 11:55:37 -0400
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 16.1645 Shakespeare goes to high school

[3] 	From: 	Richard Burt <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 12:02:05 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1645 Shakespeare goes to high school

[4] 	From: 	Terence Hawkes <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 12:56:46 -0400
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From: 		Lauryn Sasso <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 11:53:09 -0400
Subject: 16.1645 Shakespeare goes to high school
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1645 Shakespeare goes to high school

My experience isn't terribly long ago (only early/mid 1990's) but as I 
remember it the pattern in my RI high school was:

9th grade - Romeo and Juliet
10th grade - Julius Caesar
11th grade - American Lit. thus no Bard
12th grade - Macbeth

I remember that each teacher did include use of film versions in their 
lessons, we saw Zeffirelli's R+J, the Caesar with James Mason and 
Brando, and Roman Polanski's Macbeth....I still remember my 9th grade 
English teacher, a wonderful but rather old fashioned woman, turning the 
television set around to face the back wall until the postcoital scene 
in R+J was over....

-Lauryn Sasso

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From: 		Mari Bonomi <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 11:55:37 -0400
Subject: 16.1645 Shakespeare goes to high school
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1645 Shakespeare goes to high school

In Connecticut Romeo and Juliet tends to be 9th grade, with Macbeth, 
Hamlet and possibly Othello scattered about.  Not a lot of Julius 
Caesar. The district where I taught for almost 40 years, however, 
flouted a lot of traditions:

We did American Lit in 10th grade, Brit Lit in 11th (despite the 
textbook publishers insisting that Am Lit was "book 11" and Brit Lit 
"book 12").  We did Julius Caesar in 9th grade, now I believe replaced 
w/ MND.  R&J still holds pride of place in 10th grade (I know, not Am. 
Lit but we have never accepted removing Shakespeare from such a 
formative learning year).

I taught an elective history of Western civ class (seniors only, 
team-taught w/ a history teacher) where in various years I did Othello, 
Richard II, Richard III, Merchant.  And we had a semester elective 
Shakespeare course which originally was a lit class but evolved/devolved 
(depending on your interpretation) into a performance-based class... 
Less analysis of "lit" and more "how will it play on stage."

Oh yes... We compete every year in the English Speaking Union's 
Shakespeare recital competition.

Mari Bonomi

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From: 		Richard Burt <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 12:02:05 -0400
Subject: 16.1645 Shakespeare goes to high school
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1645 Shakespeare goes to high school

 >>In the 1990s, a teacher was fired for teaching Twelfth Night.
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 >How do you get fired for teaching "Twelfth Night"?  (Yes, I know, 
"Only in America...")

Total homophobia.  The play's cross-dressing was read an endorsement of 
"the homosexual lifestyle."  By teaching it, the teacher was said to 
have also endorsed same.  I think it was in 1993.

A tn performed at UF last Fall straightened out the play, much like the 
ending of Trevor Nunn's film, to avoid controversy.

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From: 		Terence Hawkes <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 12:56:46 -0400
Subject: Shakespeare goes to high school
Comment: 	SHK 16.1645 Shakespeare goes to high school

In 1945, in the American sector of Berlin, the US military government 
banned all performances of 'Julius Caesar' and 'Coriolanus'.

T. Hawkes

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