Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 395. Friday, 21 December 1992.
Date: Saturday, 19 Dec 92 03:23:52 EST
Subject: Re: Shakespeare's Voice (Was Shakespeare as Himself)
The neat conceptual side-step of imagining stage directions as the author's
voice has some delicious possibilities. That voice may come in different
tonalities of command or suggestion. It may be designed as a help to the
players in their imagining of the action when the script was first read out to
them by the author. And the inscriptions of that voice seem to be peculiarly
vulnerable to editorial manipulation, erasure, and substitution. ("Shut up,
Shakespeare. I'm editing this text. Words are yours, sacrosanct they tell me.
Everything else is mine, mine, mine.") (Or, "Here's the real but lost voice
of the author, digitally re-mastered from the original recordings.")
Steve Earkowitz (SURCC@CUNYVM)