"Faint and Imperfect Stamps": The Problem with Adaptations of Shakespeare for Children / " ﻋﻼﻣﺎﺕ ﺑﺎﻫﺘﺔ ﻭﻣﻨﻘﻮﺻﺔ": ﻣﺸﻜﻠﺔ ﺍﻗﺘﺒﺎﺱ ﺃﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺷﻜﺴﭙﻴﺮ ﻟﻸﻃﻔﺎﻝ



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Gearhart, Stephannie S.; ﺟﻴﺮﻫﺎﺭﺕ, ﺳﺘﻴﻔﺎﻧﻲ ﺱ.

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Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

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[Despite the numerous reasons against adapting Shakespeare's works for young children-including the difficult language and mature subject matter of the plays-many authors have done so over the past two hundred years. Why is this? How do authors deal with the difficulties of Shakespeare's texts? What is lost and gained by these adaptations? This article examines the various justifications for presenting Shakespeare to children, from the Lambs' Tales from Shakespeare to the present. It points to the problems inherent in some of these explanations, and suggests that adults must be critical of their motives for, and methods of, presenting Shakespeare to children. To illustrate this claim, the article provides a comparative analysis of a selection of Hamlets for children. ﺭﻏﻢ ﺍﻷﺳﺒﺎﺏ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﻌﺪﺩﺓ ﺍﻟﻤﻀﺎﺩﺓ ﻟﻔﻜﺮﺓ ﺍﻗﺘﺒﺎﺱ ﺃﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺷﻜﺴﭙﻴﺮ ﻟﻸﻃﻔﺎﻝ - ﺑﻤﺎ ﻓﻴﻬﺎ ﺻﻌﻮﺑﺔ ﺍﻟﻠﻐﺔ ﻭﻣﻀﻤﻮﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺮﺣﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﻮﺟّﻪ ﻟﻠﺮﺍﺷﺪﻳﻦ - ﻗﺎﻡ ﺍﻟﻌﺪﻳﺪ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﺆﻟﻔﻴﻦ ﺑﺎﻗﺘﺒﺎﺱ ﺗﻠﻚ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺪﻯ ﺍﻟﻘﺮﻧﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﺴﺎﺑﻘﻴﻦ٠ ﻣﺎ ﺍﻟﺴﺒﺐ ﻭﺭﺍﺀ ﺫﻟﻚ؟ ﻛﻴﻒ ﻳﺘﻌﺎﻣﻞ ﺍﻟﻜﺘﺎﺏ ﻣﻊ ﺻﻌﻮﺑﺔ ﺃﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺷﻜﺴﭙﻴﺮ؟ ﻭﻣﺎ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﺗﻔﻘﺪﻩ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ - ﻭﻣﺎ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﺗﺠﻨﻴﻪ - ﻣﻦ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺒﺎﺳﺎﺕ؟ ﻭﻣﻦ ﺧﻼﻝ ﺗﺘﺒﻊ ﺗﺎﺭﻳﺦ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺒﺎﺳﺎﺕ، ﺗﺘﻨﺎﻭﻝ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻤﻘﺎﻟﺔ ﺍﻟﺤﺠﺞ ﺍﻟﻌﺪﻳﺪﺓ ﻟﺘﻘﺪﻳﻢ ﺃﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺷﻜﺴﭙﻴﺮ ﻟﻸﻃﻔﺎﻝ، ﻣﺒﻴﻨﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺎﻛﻞ ﺍﻟﻜﺎﻣﻨﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺗﻠﻚ ﺍﻟﻤﺒﺮﺭﺍﺕ٠ ﻭﺗﻘﺘﺮﺡ ﺍﻟﻜﺎﺗﺒﺔ ﺃﻧﻪ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﺒﺎﻟﻐﻴﻦ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻜﻮﻧﻮﺍ ﺃﻛﺜﺮ ﻧﻘﺪﺍﹰ ﻟﺪﻭﺍﻓﻌﻬﻢ ﻭﺃﺳﺎﻟﻴﺒﻬﻢ ﻓﻲ ﺗﻘﺪﻳﻢ ﺃﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺷﻜﺴﭙﻴﺮ ﻟﻸﻃﻔﺎﻝ، ﻣﺘﺨﺬﺓ ﻣﻦ ﻋﺪﺩ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺒﺎﺳﺎﺕ ﻟﻤﺴﺮﺣﻴﺔ ﻫﻤﻠﺖ ﻟﻸﻃﻔﺎﻝ ﻧﻤﻮﺫﺟﺎﹰ٠]

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