Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 306. Saturday, 7 November 1992.
Date: Friday, Nov. 6, 1992, 21:31:53 -0400
Subject: A propos of nothing.
I recently submitted the following as a research proposal for a
Commonwealth scholarship. I'll probably be using it again, as
the year goes on, to apply to M.A. programmes at Concordia,
Alberta and U Toronto. If anyone has any suggestions about the
content, please let me know.
My proposal is to study Shakespeare's kings with a view
towards revealing them as archetypal of male development.
Elizabethan England had no coming of age ceremony for young men,
despite being a patriarchal society extremely concerned with
questions of masculinity. One may read Shakespeare's works and
the drama of his time as occupying this ritualistic vacuum. The
dramatic ritual portrayed symbolic figures in order to embrace
all of society. Besides a study of the texts themselves, my
research will include an examination of the ritual aspects of
drama and of the archetypes involved, particularly the mentor
archetype. I believe that this field is deep enough to furnish
material for the career which I plan to pursue in Shakespearean