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English Literature: exploring identity at school

Literature forms a core part of school education; but should we expect students to study texts that they cannot identify with, asks Rozina Sabur.

By Rozina Sabur 8:00AM BST 17 Oct 2013

Michael Gove’s shake-up of the curriculum aims to return to a ‘traditionalist’ style of teaching. These plans include the requisite to study two Shakespeare plays in their entirety between the ages of 11 and 14.

Literature forms a core part of school education. While its purpose may be manifold and debated, its role in contributing a sense of cultural identity, growth and development, supports its inclusion on the education syllabus.

What constitutes the canon – or even literature in general – is constantly discussed and debated. But there is little debate on which texts are suitable for study in the modern classroom.

Mr Gove’s desire to return the curriculum to a former era highlights the fact that a lot of the texts haven’t changed over the years. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and Alan Bennett feature just as heavily on the school curriculum today as they did decades ago.

Do we still expect students to predominantly study texts that they cannot identify with themselves?



University debate: Shakespeare’s identity?

Amid controversy, two Canadian universities financially back debate over Shakespeare’s ‘true identity’

The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 16 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

Could Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, have been the real author of William Shakespeare’s plays and poetry?

The short answer is: No, there’s no evidence whatsoever. And ever since a fellow named J. Thomas Looney first proposed the idea in 1920, academics in English and Theatre departments around the world have taught their students exactly that – even as the so-called Oxfordian theory has been persistently pursued by a mix of cranks and celebrities and even made into a Hollywood movie.

This week, however, two major Canadian universities are for the first time putting their names and money behind a conference being held by the two largest North American organizations devoted to proving that de Vere was Shakespeare.

Shakespeare and the Living Theatre, organized by York University theatre professor and self-proclaimed “reasonable doubter” Don Rubin on behalf of the Shakespeare Oxford Society and the Shakespeare Fellowship, runs from Thursday to Saturday at the Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto…



NHL Goalie quotes Shakespeare?

Ben Scrivens’ new mask with Kings quotes William Shakespeare

Scrivens' new mask harkens to days of yonder. (USATSI)Ben Scrivens is known for his intelligence, being given the nickname The Professor since joining the LA Kings this last offseason. Given his education from Cornell (and his choice in leisurely listening), it’s a fitting nickname, which makes his new mask in LA the same.

Instead of going purely artistic with some cool or scary graphic, Scrivens has gone a bit more scholarly. His mask simply quotes William Shakespeare over its solid black design. One side of the mask quotes MacBeth while the other takes from King Lear. Yes, they were both kings.

From LA Kings Insider:

From King Lear:
Allow not nature more than nature needs,
Man’s life is cheap as beast’s.

From Macbeth:
The cry is still “They come!” Our castle’s strength
Will laugh a siege to scorn

Scrivens acknowledged that quoting Macbeth in a theater is bad luck — and the National Hockey League certainly provides excellent theatre every night — but wow! That Macbeth quote is an awfully strong depiction of the Kings’ team defense, which in a hockey sense laughed the Florida Panthers’ siege to scorn on Sunday.

The funny thing is…


Study: Shakespeare Was a ‘Ruthless’ Businessman, Hoarded Food

New research suggests the playwright illegally hoarded grain during a time of famine and repeatedly evaded tax.

By April 02, 2013

The great playwright William Shakespeare had a dark side, new research suggests. According to academics from the Aberystwyth University in Wales, the brilliant bard illegally hoarded grain during a time of famine and repeatedly evaded tax, the Associated Press reported.

Jayne Archer, a lecturer in medieval and Renaissance literature at Aberystwyth, and her colleagues say court and tax records suggest Shakespeare was repeatedly prosecuted and fined for doing “all he could to avoid taxes, maximise profits at others’ expense and exploit the vulnerable,” reported the Sunday Times.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/04/02/study-shakespeare-was-a-ruthless-businessman-hoarded-food/#ixzz2hLmzn8NQ