Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 663. Friday, 22 October 1993.
Date: Thursday, 21 Oct 93 20:43:07 -0400
Subject: *Romeo and Juliet* and Dracula
My students were struck by the number of images connoting blood/bloodless
and [to them] bloodsucking in R and J. After we had been over the 'mnemonic
irrelevances' they were bringing to the play, they asked me if Shakespeare
could have known the vampire myth in any form. Not being expert on
Elizabethan folklore, I promised them that I would ask the NET. They read
some of our conversations because I post a selection on our drama lit
bulletin board along with reviews of plays and notices of upcoming theatre.
The exploration of the issues involved in colour-blind casting was
particularly interesting to them, given the rapidly changing demographics of
the cities in Southern Ontario.
Mary Jane Miller,
Dept. of Film Studies, Dramatic and Visual Arts,
St. Catharines, Ontario,
Canada, L2S 3A1.