ERIC Number: ED330859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Shakespeare for Adult Education Deans: Lessons from Liberal Learning.
Edelson, Paul J.
Administrators can acquire a broader range of material drawn from Shakespeare and, by implication, from other great authors as sources for a fuller cognizance of life. The vast field of Shakespearean scholarship and criticism overshadows the works themselves. Nevertheless, adults can rediscover Shakespeare through performances and recreational reading. They approach the plays with their own experiences and find new things to examine. Reading and studying the plays can be pleasurable and personally satisfying. To experience Shakespeare is to see language as art and to see the power of the spoken word. One's construction and interpretation of the play are challenged by each performance. Other appealing aspects of Shakespeare are the complex characters, the play between illusion and reality, and one of the central issues in many Shakespearean plays--the importance of a good reputation. Shakespeare can help administrators realize the uncertainty of existence so they can place their vocations on a more reasonable level of importance. (9 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Shakespeare (William)
Note: A version of this paper was presented at a conference, "Administrative Leadership: Lessons from Liberal Learning" (White Plains, NY, April 14-16, 1991).