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Re: Nudity
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0549.  Tuesday, 21 June 1994.
 
(1)     From:   James McKenna <MCKENNJI@UCBEH>
        Date:   Thursday, 16 Jun 1994 12:37:58 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   bodies
 
(2)     From:   Elise Earthman <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jun 1994 16:02:07 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re:  Nudity
 
(3)     From:   Ralph Cohen <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jun 1994 17:26:31 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0485  Qs: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
 
 
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From:           James McKenna <MCKENNJI@UCBEH>
Date:           Thursday, 16 Jun 1994 12:37:58 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        bodies
 
Thank you, James Schaeffer, for your broadening response to my musing.  The
tendency to view the naked body in theater as a view into the soul is certainly
more common than I allowed.  But in leaping right to the soul, I think I've
missed something.  I guess I was avoiding the question of pornography, which
you boldly put right out front.
 
It struck me, as I read your posting, that the direction you took was the one
I'd suggested, but that wasn't what I meant.  I think I'm groping toward
something both less and more cerebral.  Perhaps the word that comes closest is
_engagement_.  Can't the body grab us by the body as poetry grabs us by the
mind?  Or let me try again: don't we open ourselves to more thorough grabbing
by a production when bodies are used to put forth body questions?
 
I think Peter Greenaway's films are probably a good example.  I've seen only
THE DRAGHTSMAN'S CONTRACT, and, although I resent Greenaway's view of the
world, I like how he makes free with the body.  I guess I have a little more of
a sense of the sacred than Greenaway does, but I don't equate _sacred_ with
_hidden_.  Things don't need to be taboo to be sacred.
 
Enough mental skinny-dipping for today.
 
James McKenna
University of Cincinnati
mckennji@ucbeh.bitnet
 
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From:           Elise Earthman <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jun 1994 16:02:07 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Re:  Nudity
 
Having seen ACT's Duchess of Malfi, I can attest that the Duchess was naked not
only from the waist down but up as well, that she was wound round and round
with ropes and had blood thrown on her.  The entire production was an assault
on the audience, and this scene was no different.  I'll agree with the previous
posts that in this case, at any rate, as an audience member I was thinking not
of the story but of the actress, how she felt, how *I* felt about her
nudity--it pushed me out of the production rather than drawing me into it,
though given the rest of the production this doesn't surprise me.  It was a
very disturbing experience.
 
Elise Earthman
 
 
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From:           Ralph Cohen <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jun 1994 17:26:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0485  Qs: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0485  Qs: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
 
For Doug Lanier,
 
In 1981 the RSC did a *Measure* in which Barnadine appeared entirely nude.  I
do not have details here at my office, but I'll try to get them for you.
 
        Ralph Cohen
 

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