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Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 154.  Tuesday, 9 March 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Roy Flannagan <FLANNAGA@OUACCVMB.bitnet>
        Date:   Tuesday,9 March 93, 10:27:10 EST
        Subj:   tracing actors again
 
(2)     From:   Skip Shand <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Mar 1993 15:44 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0153  R: Tracing the Actors Through the Plays
 
 
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From:           Roy Flannagan <FLANNAGA@OUACCVMB.bitnet>
Date:           Tuesday,9 March 93, 10:27:10 EST
Subject:        tracing actors again
 
That's it--a good use for the computer in checking word-frequencies part
by part or character by character to find similar patterns.  Most
obvious would be Bottom and Dogberry both being written down an ass, but
more subtle would be Lucio and Osric as lapwings (I haven't checked for
other lapwings).  If we know for sure that Burbage played Lear, or that
Armin played the Fool, what useful knowledge can we extrapolate about
other important roles?  Who was the actor who had the red nose?  Who
specialized in drunken parts?  Was there an actor who couldn't see his
knees, or did "Falstaff" use padding?  At what point did Flute's beard
grow?  I know Bevington's book, but can we build to the side of the
mistakes of the past, without idle speculation?
 
Roy Flannagan
 
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From:           Skip Shand <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Mar 1993 15:44 EDT
Subject: 4.0153  R: Tracing the Actors Through the Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0153  R: Tracing the Actors Through the Plays
 
Seems to me that T.J.King, at one of the Waterloo Conferences and in a
subsequent issue of *Elizabethan Theatre*, addresses this issue in some
detail.
 

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