Woe

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0226  Wednesday, 20 June 2018

 

[1] From:        Marilyn A. Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         June 19, 2018 at 11:56:20 AM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Woe 

 

[2] From:        Julia Griffin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:12:48 PM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Woe 

 

[3] From:        Lawrence Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:50:17 PM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Woe 

 

[4] From:        Kezia Sproat <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:50:38 PM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Woe 

 

[5] From:        Robert Appelbaum      <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date         June 20, 2018 at 5:11:39 AM EDT

     Subj:        RE: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

 

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From:        Marilyn A. Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 19, 2018 at 11:56:20 AM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

Dear Harry and all,

 

Most of the Shakespeare queries on Quora are kids looking for someone to do their homework. 

 

We Quorites tend to respond by telling them to do their own work. Some of us, including me, offer some guide questions, such as “Compare what Romeo says to describe Rosaline to his first words when he sees Juliet.”

 

If I am feeling kind I provide Act and possibly scene numbers.

 

Many questions are designed simply to troll. This is even more common in political queries, but Shakespeare’s “relevance” has some definite political overtones.

 

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From:        Julia Griffin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:12:48 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

Well, they’re not all so bad, surely:

 

How can a novice to the works of Shakespeare learn to understand and appreciate the plays? 

 

Who was Shakespeare? 

 

Even:

 

Is Shakespeare still relevant in the 21st century? Why? 

 

Of course, Harry Berger’s questions will lead to essays more fun to read (and grade); but the last one above is something any high school teacher of Shakespeare will have to address in some way. As Sidney says, the trouble with philosophy is that people only read it if they already think it’s worth reading philosophy: what if they don’t ..?

 

Julia Griffin

 

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From:        Lawrence Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:50:17 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

Harry Berger comments on absurd questions posted on Quora:  How about asking questions like “what happens in any play?” “Who does what to whom?” What is any particular speaker or speech trying to say?” “What does the speaker’s language say?” “Does it differ from what he intends, and if so, how, and why?”

 

Unfortunately, they do ask those questions, fishing for someone to write their term papers. 

 

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From:        Kezia Sproat <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:50:38 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

People who see just one good production don’t ask such questions. I saw AYLI at the Hartman Theatre (now gone) in Columbus 70 years ago, starring Katherine Hepburn. I was ten years old.  I’d never in real life seen a woman talking back to a man, even though she was dressed like a man, that got my attention, for life. That was enough.

 

Love to all Shakespeareans,

Kezia Sproat

 

PS Cloris Leachman was Celia, producer was Theatre Guild. I still have the program.

 

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From:        Robert Appelbaum <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 20, 2018 at 5:11:39 AM EDT

Subject:    RE: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

When members of the general public reach out to scholars for guidance, I believe we owe them courtesy. We owe them answers, not dismissal.  I apologize to Al Magary on behalf of the SHAKSPER community, and hope within the next few days to find the time to see if I can suitably respond. 

 

Robert

 

Robert Appelbaum

Professor of English Literature

Uppsala University

robertappelbaum.com/Robert.html

 

 

 

Woe

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0226  Wednesday, 20 June 2018

 

[1] From:        Marilyn A. Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         June 19, 2018 at 11:56:20 AM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Woe 

 

[2] From:        Julia Griffin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:12:48 PM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Woe 

 

[3] From:        Lawrence Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:50:17 PM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Woe 

 

[4] From:        Kezia Sproat <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:50:38 PM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Woe 

 

[5] From:        Robert Appelbaum      <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date         June 20, 2018 at 5:11:39 AM EDT

     Subj:        RE: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

 

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From:        Marilyn A. Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 19, 2018 at 11:56:20 AM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

Dear Harry and all,

 

Most of the Shakespeare queries on Quora are kids looking for someone to do their homework. 

 

We Quorites tend to respond by telling them to do their own work. Some of us, including me, offer some guide questions, such as “Compare what Romeo says to describe Rosaline to his first words when he sees Juliet.”

 

If I am feeling kind I provide Act and possibly scene numbers.

 

Many questions are designed simply to troll. This is even more common in political queries, but Shakespeare’s “relevance” has some definite political overtones.

 

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From:        Julia Griffin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:12:48 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

Well, they’re not all so bad, surely:

 

How can a novice to the works of Shakespeare learn to understand and appreciate the plays? 

 

Who was Shakespeare? 

 

Even:

 

Is Shakespeare still relevant in the 21st century? Why? 

 

Of course, Harry Berger’s questions will lead to essays more fun to read (and grade); but the last one above is something any high school teacher of Shakespeare will have to address in some way. As Sidney says, the trouble with philosophy is that people only read it if they already think it’s worth reading philosophy: what if they don’t ..?

 

Julia Griffin

 

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From:        Lawrence Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:50:17 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

Harry Berger comments on absurd questions posted on Quora:  How about asking questions like “what happens in any play?” “Who does what to whom?” What is any particular speaker or speech trying to say?” “What does the speaker’s language say?” “Does it differ from what he intends, and if so, how, and why?”

 

Unfortunately, they do ask those questions, fishing for someone to write their term papers. 

 

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From:        Kezia Sproat <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 19, 2018 at 12:50:38 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

People who see just one good production don’t ask such questions. I saw AYLI at the Hartman Theatre (now gone) in Columbus 70 years ago, starring Katherine Hepburn. I was ten years old.  I’d never in real life seen a woman talking back to a man, even though she was dressed like a man, that got my attention, for life. That was enough.

 

Love to all Shakespeareans,

Kezia Sproat

 

PS Cloris Leachman was Celia, producer was Theatre Guild. I still have the program.

 

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From:        Robert Appelbaum <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 20, 2018 at 5:11:39 AM EDT

Subject:    RE: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

When members of the general public reach out to scholars for guidance, I believe we owe them courtesy. We owe them answers, not dismissal.  I apologize to Al Magary on behalf of the SHAKSPER community, and hope within the next few days to find the time to see if I can suitably respond. 

 

Robert

 

Robert Appelbaum

Professor of English Literature

Uppsala University

robertappelbaum.com/Robert.html

 

 

 

Woe

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0225  Tuesday, 19 June 2018

 

From:        Harry Berger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 15, 2018 at 12:28:59 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Woe

 

What a bunch of nonsense. How about asking questions like “what happens in any play?” “Who does what to whom?” What is any particular speaker or speech trying to say?” “What does the speaker’s language say?” “Does it differ from what he intends, and if so, how, and why?”

 

Woe

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0224  Friday, 15 June 2018

 

From:        Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 15, 2018 at 1:45:45 AM EDT

Subject:    Woe

 

I was searching on something or other Shakespeare and stumbled on some of the questions people have asked on the social media site Quora, so I dug a little deeper—maybe a millimeter:

 

What is so great about Shakespeare?

 

Was Shakespeare a genius?

 

Why is Shakespeare still being taught in schools?

Is Shakespeare overrated?

 

British Literature: Are literary scholars agreed on the legitimacy of the Shakespeare authorship question?

Is Tolkien a better writer than Shakespeare?

Who was Shakespeare?

 

How did Shakespeare become such a great writer?

 

How can a novice to the works of Shakespeare learn to understand and appreciate the plays?

What are the secrets to understanding the themes and language of Shakespeare?

 

Who is the Indian Shakespeare?

 

Was Shakespeare fake?

 

Who is the french equivalent of Shakespeare?

 

What is the value of reading Shakespeare in high school?

Is Shakespeare still relevant in the 21st century? Why?

 

Was Shakespeare an atheist?

 

How can I force myself to read and enjoy Shakespeare's works which are considered to be English masterpieces?

 

Why should we read Shakespeare?

 

Is Shakespeare good?

 

What is the point of reading Shakespeare?

 

Why is William Shakespeare so famous?

 

 

 

 

Woe

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0224  Friday, 15 June 2018

 

From:        Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 15, 2018 at 1:45:45 AM EDT

Subject:    Woe

 

I was searching on something or other Shakespeare and stumbled on some of the questions people have asked on the social media site Quora, so I dug a little deeper—maybe a millimeter:

 

What is so great about Shakespeare?

 

Was Shakespeare a genius?

 

Why is Shakespeare still being taught in schools?

 

Is Shakespeare overrated?

 

British Literature: Are literary scholars agreed on the legitimacy of the Shakespeare authorship question?

 

Is Tolkien a better writer than Shakespeare?

 

Who was Shakespeare?

 

How did Shakespeare become such a great writer?

 

How can a novice to the works of Shakespeare learn to understand and appreciate the plays?

 

What are the secrets to understanding the themes and language of Shakespeare?

 

Who is the Indian Shakespeare?

 

Was Shakespeare fake?

 

Who is the french equivalent of Shakespeare?

 

What is the value of reading Shakespeare in high school?

 

Is Shakespeare still relevant in the 21st century? Why?

 

Was Shakespeare an atheist?

 

How can I force myself to read and enjoy Shakespeare's works which are considered to be English masterpieces?

 

Why should we read Shakespeare?

 

Is Shakespeare good?

 

What is the point of reading Shakespeare?

 

Why is William Shakespeare so famous?

 

All these woes shall serve / For sweet discourses in our time to come.--R&J 3.5.52

 

Cheers,

Al Magary

 

 

 

CFP: Dallas Shakespeare Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0223  Tuesday, 12 June 2018

 

From:        Herbert Weil <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 10, 2018 at 3:46:43 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP: Dallas Shakespeare Conference

 

 

The reference to the Newstok article is available only with annual subscription to Chronicle.

 

Cheers,

Herb

 

 

 

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