Extracted from text ... Offstage! Shakespeare and The Na?ve Reader
This paper sets out to challenge several practices and pieties in contemporary Shakespeare
studies in South Africa that give cause for disquiet. They all have something to do with
Shakespeare on stage or in performance. The first is that Shakespeare is centre stage in the
curriculum. In many English programmes Shakespeare dominates what little is left of the canon.1
At school and university students are given little sense of the extraordinary range, subtlety and
depth of English literature from 800 to 1945. Shakespeare has too much attention: all the riches
have contracted ..