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Re: Gertrude, Incest, and Adultery
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 775. Saturday, 13 November 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Steve Urkowitz <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Nov 93 08:44:48 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0747  Re: Gertrude
 
(2)     From:   Milla Riggio <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Nov 1993 09:46:41 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0770  Re: Gertrude, Incest, and Adultery
 
 
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From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Nov 93 08:44:48 EST
Subject: 4.0747  Re: Gertrude
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0747  Re: Gertrude
 
Though I had to be so retrograde as to refer to print media, I've had some
things to say about Gertrude, her possible bovine qualities, and her poignancy
as made visible in the alternative texts of Hamlet's play.  (Or three plays.)
 
"Well-sayd olde Mole": Burying Three HAMLETs in Modern Editions," in
Georgianna Ziegler,  SHAKESPEARE STUDY TODAY (1986), and "Five Women Eleven
Ways: Changing Images of Shakespearean Characters in the Earliest Texts," in
Werner Habicht, et al ., IMAGES OF SHAKESPEARE (1988).  Various
brain-researchers report that brains seem to respond best to perceived
impressions of differences--things like boundary conditions and objects in
motion through time and space.  Watching the difference in the Q1-Q2-F texts
can offer a literary equivalent to watching parallel clips of the "same"
passage of text as performed in the Olivier HAMLET, the BBC Jacobi HAMLET, and
the recent Mel Gibson version.  Different Gertrudes, an embarassment of riches
on paper and video . . .
 
               Best wishes on your explorations,
                                                Steve Explorowitz
                                                   surcc@cunyvm
 
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From:           Milla Riggio <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Nov 1993 09:46:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0770  Re: Gertrude, Incest, and Adultery
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0770  Re: Gertrude, Incest, and Adultery
 
On the question of adultery committed after Claudius's death:  Was this
not, more or less, the trumped-up-charge on which Henry VIII tried to
get his marriage to Katherine annulled, that it was -- not adultery --
but incest to be married to his brother's betrothed?
 
--Milla Riggio
 

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