17664Re: [mythsoc] old favorites and sagging canon
- Dec 24, 2006
>At 08:45 PM 12/23/2006 -0700, jane Bigelow wrote:And to have them force-fed. Tom Stoppard recently wrote a play featuring
>My objection is to the idea
>that a beginning college student should have read all of them,
>especially in those cases where there's just an author listing. All
>of Dickens? All of Shakespeare?
some famous 19th century Russian intellectuals as characters, and was
surprised by a lack of interest in staging it in Russia. It turned out
that the Russians had had these guys stuffed down their throats in high
school, and were sick of them.
>This is being referred to as the canon. Even in the case ofSome, yes, but even bad Shakespeare is better than a lot of other people,
>Shakespeare, there are some plays that are now done only by groups
>determined to do the entire canon of his works--and if you attend
>one, you can usually see why they're done so seldom!
and there are some hidden gems, especially if they're performed well. The
Henry VI plays are dynamite on stage, especially Part III, which introduces
the evil Richard of Gloucester and is actually a much better play than its
better-known successor with his name on it. I also like Coriolanus, the
tragedy of an exasperated man surrounded by a sea of cluelessness. Somehow
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