2007

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0391  Thursday, 21 June 2007

From: 		Sam Small <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 20 Jun 2007 15:35:02 +0100
Subject: 	Degree in Shakespeare

I was recently asked to contribute to a University of London focus group 
to discuss the efficacy of the promotion of an English Literature 
distance learning degree course.  Much was made of the presentation 
particularly the aims of the course.  I pressed the adjudicator on why 
the college thought that adults studying English literature was 
beneficial outside of professional promotion?  Nothing much came back 
except for vaguely stating that it increased the "critical ability to 
read literature."

In short does studying Shakespeare and other great writers make you a 
better person?  A more peaceful person?  More mature?  Or merely a 
Shakespeare anorak?

I'd like to know.

SAM SMALL

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