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Re: Nubility
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 710. Wednesday, 3 November 1993.
 
From:           William Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 02 Nov 1993 20:55:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0707  Nubility 'Mongst the Tudor Nobility
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0707  Nubility 'Mongst the Tudor Nobility
 
Juliet is supposedly 13 years old (still) when she first appears on stage. She
is a fictional character, living in a fictional world. This fictional world is,
of course, set in Italy which also exists in our real world. As far as I know,
and I've recently reread the play, there is no direct evidence as to the
fictional date of the action.
 
My question is: how can 16th century history tell us anything - either way -
about a undated, fictional Italian city and its culture?
 
Jean Howard has asked this question more abstractly. I think it's a good
question.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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