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Untouchable Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0062  Monday, 4 February 2008

From:		Carol Morley <
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Date:		Monday, 4 Feb 2008 15:34:33 +0000
Subject:	Untouchable Shakespeare

I'm preparing a lecture on Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, looking at the 
rise and fall in popularity of different plays at different times, and 
would appreciate any help in filling in my background information, 
especially with updates, for the current taboo, or at least highly 
controversial status of both Romeo and Juliet and Merchant of Venice in 
the USA. For the former, I'm happily already searching the SHAKSPER 
archive under 'teen suicide,' etc; for the latter, I'm trying to 
substantiate whether the pointed reaction I have encountered from older 
Americans, that to read, teach or perform the Merchant is an act of 
Anti-Semitism per se., is either widespread or influencing curricula Any 
news of other plays currently in extreme disrepute where you are would 
also be gratefully received.

Thanks,
Carol

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