The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0456. Saturday, 12 April 1997.
Date: Friday, 11 Apr 1997 09:13:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: All's Well..
I am going to be teaching a summer course on Shakes. Comedy to 16- and
17-year olds this summer, and will be using 3 plays: Much Ado, MND, and
for the third, was thinking of All's Well. A professor of mine
suggested this latter choice might be interesting, because it's
*supposed* to be a comedy, but in fact, the main story of the play is
not a particularly joyous one. (Of course, we could mention Hero and
Claudio in Much Ado, but since they are thankfully overshadowed by the B
& B scenario, the mood of the play in general needn't be read as
particularly down - though I have heard of such interpretations given in
some productions). Therefore, we'd use the play to discuss how comedy
is supposed to function (kind of like looking at a blueprint of comedy,
or to use the language of the photographic process, a 'negative' image
of comedy), and we'd try to figure out how AW differs from its approach
to and use of the comedic form, in relation to the other two plays.
My question to the list is this: has anybody taught All's Well to a
younger group of students, and if so, what was your experience?
I originally was thinking of LLL, but found that too daunting a prospect
Thanks in advance,