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Brainstorming Classical Connections
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0284  Tuesday, 10 April 2007

From: 		Mark Bruce <
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Date: 		Monday, 09 Apr 2007 11:23:06 -0500
Subject: 	Brainstorming Classical Connections

Greetings All!

I'm working on brainstorming a list of possibly fruitful pairings of 
plays from Shakespeare's corpus and classical theatre. I'm looking for 
obvious adaptations, of course (i.e. _Comedy of Errors_ and Plautus), 
but also (and perhaps even more) for the quirkier, less direct pairings, 
pairings that would produce not only connections but also 
interesting/productive contrasts and conversations. The context for this 
is an undergraduate course (a variant of the usual "Western 
Civilization" sort of course that concentrates on art as a gateway into 
the history) that calls for the inclusion of at least one classical play 
and one of Shakespeare's--so I'd like, ideally, to put together two 
plays that both clearly connect and clearly demonstrate differences 
between Classical and Early Modern ideas. I've got a list of my own 
going, but I'd love to hear others' ideas.

Thanks,
Mark Bruce

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