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Q: A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0312.  Tuesday, 5 April 1994.
 
From:           John Massa <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Apr 94 14:21 CST
Subject:        Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns
 
Regarding: Frankie Rubinstein's A DICTIONARY OF SHAKESPEARE'S SEXUAL PUNS
AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE (Macmillan, 1989):
 
(1) It is out of print.  Does anyone have or know of a copy that I can
purchase?  Reply to 
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(2) Anyone have any comments on the scholarship?
 
Rubinstein seems to find many more sexual puns than do the popular annotated
texts, but I don't know if he is over doing it or if everyone else is just a
little shy. Partridge's "Shakespeare's bawdy.." does not quite match
Rubinstein's enthusiam for finding the "quibble" and going out on a limb (so to
speak).
 
Any general words of wisdom on how to approach the less obvious sexual puns in
Shakespeare?  (Asside from snickering and poking people with your elbows?)
 
          John Massa
          
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