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Re: Spinoff?; OTA; Orsino
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0377.  Friday, 29 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   James Harner <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Apr 1994 9:37:28 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 5.0369  Shakespeare Spinoff?
 
(2)     From:   Robert Teeter <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Apr 1994 22:24:51 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re.: Oxford Text Archive
 
(3)     From:   Jean Peterson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Apr 1994 11:20:02 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0372  Qs: Orsino
 
 
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From:           James Harner <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Apr 1994 9:37:28 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 5.0369  Shakespeare Spinoff?
Comment:        RE: SHK 5.0369  Shakespeare Spinoff?
 
What Blair Kelly probably saw was Laura Annawyn Shamas, +The Other Shakespeare+
(Chicago: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1981).
 
                Jim Harner
                World Shakespeare Bibliography
 
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From:           Robert Teeter <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Apr 1994 22:24:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Re.: Oxford Text Archive
 
To get to the Oxford Text Archive, use anonymous ftp to ota.ox.ac.uk, cd /ota,
get textarchive.info.  This file gives basic information about the archive and
how to get into the archive.
 
To read this and other information online, gopher to gopher.tamu.edu, select 5.
Browse information by subject, then 13. Classics, then 12. Oxford Text Archive.
 
Robert Teeter           | "Ripeness is all."  -- Shakespeare
 
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From:           Jean Peterson <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Apr 1994 11:20:02 -0400
Subject: 5.0372  Qs: Orsino
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0372  Qs: Orsino
 
Reply to Dwight Maxwell,
 
A common critical argument about Orsino is that he is in love with LOVE, rather
than with Olivia--that he's getting off, so to speak, on the delicious pleasure
of BEING a lover and enacting its cliches and attitudes.  Olivia herself
doesn't so much matter as the sensual thrill he gets out of mooning over music,
poetry, and his own appetite for passion. So what you describe as his emotions
appearing to be "general" could be the key to his character--self indulgent,
self-absorbed, and totally engrossed with being a walking cliche of lovesick
symptoms.  I see no reason why this Duke would want to marry for money, and
there's not much in the way of textual evidence for that motive, is there?
 
If you try the first speech "like a sonnet," yes, but from a man who LOVES
sonnets, can't get enough of 'em, the gooier & stickier the better,reveling
sensuously in the delights of his own poetic fancies, devouring music as food
as love (not necessarily in that order!) you might find it's not "dry" at all!
 
Good luck!
 
Jean Peterson
Bucknell University
 

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