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Re: Shrews; Natural Death (Greenblatt Argument)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0706.  Wednesday, 31 August 1994.
 
(1)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Aug 1994 16:11:06 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Shrews in SHREW
 
(2)     From:   Judiana Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 31 Aug 1994 13:41:04 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0704 Re: Natural Deaths
 
 
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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Aug 1994 16:11:06 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Shrews in SHREW
 
David Schalkwyk is certainly right in saying there is more than one shrew in
SHREW, but I'd added a few more -- at least. Bianca is a closet shrew,
or, perhaps, her suitors don't seem to notice her words of cool command. If
Petruchio is a shrew, then possibly the nameless lord also has a touch of
shrewishness. Tranio is surely shrewd; is he a shrew as well? Tranio is "tamed"
by the end of the play, put back in his place as servant. Perhaps Shakespeare
should have named the play SHREWS ABOUNDING.
 
And David's vision of Petruchio and Katherine (or Kate?) uniting to hoodwink
conventional society is possible. Given that vision of the last scene, a
director would have to play down the potential violence of Petruchio's "taming"
of his wife. Petruchio would have to be played, during the taming scenes, as a
kind of humours character who is "odd," but not vicious. And, I suppose, given
his initial entrance into the play (and the contrasting entrance of Lucentio),
Petruchio has potential as a humourous gentleman -- who is looking for a wife
to match him.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 
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From:           Judiana Lawrence <
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Date:           Wednesday, 31 Aug 1994 13:41:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 5.0704 Re: Natural Deaths
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0704 Re: Natural Deaths
 
From a fellow South African working in Rochester, New York: I'm afraid you did
not get a Greenblatt scoop.  I heard what sounds like the same paper at the
annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America three years ago in
Vancouver.  I remember finding it fascinating but I couldn't paraphrase it.
There was something Geertzian in there about a belief in some remote corner
that an enemy can eat one's soul, which Greenblatt somehow applied to
Shakespeare.
 
Best,
Dia Lawrence
 

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