Summer 1985 • Vol. VII No. 3 1985 Ohio Shakespeare Conference |

Introduction: 1985 Ohio Shakespeare Conference

1985 Ohio Shakespeare Conference Teachers of Shakespeare have long been divided into two factions: those who teach the plays as literature and those who teach them as drama. The aim of the 1985 Ohio Shakespeare Conference, held at Kenyon College on February 7, 8, and 9, was to reconcile the warring camps, to place the drama and the poetry in fruitful rather than antagonistic tension. Happily, the subsequent mingling of scholars and directors, critics and performers, led to a disciplinary rapprochement and a conviction among the conferees that the stage, the study, and the classroom are but three aspects of a single entity. The topic of the Conference, "Text, Performance, Context: Shakespeare as Live Theatre," allowed for a luxurious variety of approaches. Through papers, lectures, panels, an adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's pedagogical methods, a demonstration of the type and role of historical music in Shakespeare's plays, and a performance of The Taming of the

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