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Re: Shakespeare and Anti-Semitism; HyperCard
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 90.  Thursday, 18 February 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Piers Lewis <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 17 Feb 1993 08:56 CST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0084  Re:Shakespeare and Anti-Semitism
 
(2)     From:   Kevin Berland <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 17 Feb 93 16:44 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0083  Shakespeare and Anti-Semitism
 
(3)     From:   Robert F. O'Connor <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Feb 1993 09:19:16 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0085  Re: HyperCard Shakespeare
 
 
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From:           Piers Lewis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 17 Feb 1993 08:56 CST
Subject: 4.0084  Re:Shakespeare and Anti-Semitism
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0084  Re:Shakespeare and Anti-Semitism
 
So, is it now a truth universally acknowledged that a single Jewish
moneylender in pursuit of a monstrous revenge proves Shakespeare to be
antisemitic?  Since when does a single instance prove any general truth?
 
Shakespeare's imaginary garden has a real toad in it, and a poisonous toad at
that whose name is 'money.'  Instead of relishing the fact, we turn it into
political allegory--as with everything else that makes us uneasy.
 
Piers Lewis
 
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From:           Kevin Berland <
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Date:           Wednesday, 17 Feb 93 16:44 EST
Subject: 4.0083  Shakespeare and Anti-Semitism
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0083  Shakespeare and Anti-Semitism
 
When Jonathan Miller visited us at McMaster (where he was doing something
medical over at the hospital), he talked about Olivier showing up already
costumed and made up -- huge putty hooked nose, yellowish skin, ghetto
clothing -- and, Miller said, he knew it would be hard to talk him out of
all the traditional Jew-trappings, but he had to do something, or his
(Miller's) ancestors would spin in their graves...
 
Historically speaking, it would have been difficult (or impossible) for
Shakespeare *not* to have been antisemitic.  Of course it's different
now...
 
Kevin Berland
 
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From:           Robert F. O'Connor <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Feb 1993 09:19:16 +1000
Subject: 4.0085  Re: HyperCard Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0085  Re: HyperCard Shakespeare
 
In response to Tad Davis: it is possible to 'tag' the Hypercard texts, to
leave notes or even bookmarks (at which the text will automatically open
next time) - I have already profusely 'scribbled' over a text of Macbeth
and this has been extraordinarily useful, especially in pulling blocks of
text out of the play for inclusion in other stuff.
 
ROC
 

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