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ERIC Number: EJ1150129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
Shakespeare, Adaptation and "Matters of Trust"
Sabeti, Shari
Cambridge Journal of Education, v47 n3 p337-354 2017
This article describes an empirical study of the ways in which one group of adaptors transformed the plays of William Shakespeare into the medium of the comic book for use in school classrooms. It explores the choices, dilemmas, processes and responsibilities they experienced in doing so. These adaptors had to tackle the burden of "Shakespeare"--what he has come to mean in world literature, the popular imagination, and education--as well as attempting to make the text both appealing and understandable to their intended readers--teenagers studying the plays in school. It is argued that they viewed this task as a pedagogic one and saw the notion of "trust" as central to it. The article therefore has a second aim, which is to use these empirical findings to explore the concept of "trust" and, in particular to outline its relevance for educational research. Using the work of the philosopher Katharine Hawley and the literary theorist Umberto Eco, it is shown that the relational concept of trust is a helpful way of articulating the process of adapting Shakespeare's work. In the conclusion the ways in which the concept might illuminate broader educational issues related to knowledge, assessment and learning are highlighted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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