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Re: Stepmothers
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 259.  Saturday, 24 April 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Ron Macdonald <
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        Date:   Saturday, 24 Apr 1993 13:40:08 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Stepmothers
 
(2)     From:   John Cox <
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        Date:   Saturday, 24 Apr 1993 20:18 EST
        Subj:   Re: Birthday Invitation; Branagh *Ado*; Q: Stepmothers
 
 
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From:           Ron Macdonald <
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Date:           Saturday, 24 Apr 1993 13:40:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Stepmothers
 
Sometimes the Queen in Cymbeline is likened to an evil stepmother.  The only
reference in SHAKESPEARE INDEX to a critical article on the subject is to:
 
        Gilliland, Joan F., "Cymbeline as Folk Tale."  West Virginia
        Association of College English Teachers Bulletin. Vol. 6, No. 1-2,
        Spring, 1981, 13-18.  (Shakespeare Index #T45 has the following
        brief annotation - "The folklore roots of the Imogen plot in the
        Snow White story allow for a psychoanalytic interpretation of this
        Shakespeare fairy tale as Oedipal wish-fulfillment."
 
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From:           John Cox <
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Date:           Saturday, 24 Apr 1993 20:18 EST
Subject:        Re: Birthday Invitation; Branagh *Ado*; Q: Stepmothers
 
As many other will probably also tell Peter Ayers, a wicked stepmother ap-
pears in *Cymbeline*.  She is the first literary appearance of the stepmother
in the story now known as "Snowhite."
 
John Cox
 

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