Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 307. Saturday, 7 November 1992.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 7, 1992, 10:14:09 +0100
Subject: Rs to Doubling Issues
Comment: SHK 3.0305 Rs to Doubling Issues
I find Kay Stockholder's comment on the submerged (textual) link between
Claudius and the Ghost of Hamlet's father interesting. I do not understand
his remark, however: "Doubled parts wouldn't establish such a link on their
own, but they would support one already at work on the text." How can one
confidently make such a claim? I am raising the point because it seems to
me to concern a general problem among Shakespearean scholars and critics.
We tend to overrate the importance of the text in production, the text,
which, after all, is only one among many sign systems at work during per-
formance. It cannot claim sole authority. And, in the particular case being
discussed, the voice of the actor, his size and his way of moving, would
be a more powerful signal during performance than some (admittedly interesting)
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