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Showerman speaks on Folger edu-blog

Shakespeare Fellowship President Earl Showerman posted a comment about Greek influences in Hamlet to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Making a Scene: Shakespeare in the Classroom educational blog on February 14, 2010. Showerman’s commentary supported a February 12, 2010 post by Folger Education Programs Administrative Assistant Caitlin Smith titled, “The Greeks and Shakespeare”.

In her discussion of Orestes in the February 12 post, Smith said:

Shakespeare’s plays, too, have a certain je ne sais quoi which allows them to stay present in the public eye, and even Shakespeare may have been influenced by Greek Tragedy.  Take, for example, HAMLET and ORESTES: They both involve the murder of a king by a relative. The protagonists find themselves denied their fathers’thrones by newly wedded couples. Both Orestes and Hamlet experience periods of madness, and their revenge takes the lives of both the mother and her new husband. Also, both stories place great emphasis on the importance of faithful friendship (in Plyades and Horatio) vs. seeming friendship (in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and Menelaus).

Showerman augmented Smith’s post with a lengthy and specific commentary on Hamlet‘s Greek influences, and closed with the request:

Is it not time that Jonson’s misleading claim of Shakespeare’s ‘lesse Greek’ as regards Euripides’ influence on the playwright be broadly challenged by the academy?

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Folger edu-blog

The Folger Shakespeare Library’s education blog, Making a Scene: Shakespeare in the Classroom, is a rich resource for every Shakespeare-lover. In his November 13 post, “Folger Education at NCTE“, Folger’s Senior Consultant for National Education Mike LoMonico laid out a fabulous list of Folger offerings highlighted by Folger staff at the National Council of Teachers of English 2009 convention held in Philadelphia last month.

Among the Folger offerings, LoMonico said:

. . . We will be showing off our new Teacher Toolkit and its contents which includes two DVDs, a 2GB USB flash drive with podcasts, videos, images from our collection, and lots of handouts and edited scenes. We will also be answering all of your questions about Institutes, Workshops, and the rest of our resources.

The NCTE serves all levels of students — elementary through college, and would be a good partner in the Shakespeare authorship endeavor. Their 2010 annual convention will be held Nov. 18-23 in Orlando, Florida. Deadline for proposals submitted electronically is Jan. 20, 2010.

Sources:
http://folgereducation.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/folger-education-at-ncte/http://www.ncte.org/annual