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Re: Polonius; Orsino; Lights; Teaching
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0399.  Thursday, 5  May 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Stephen Orgel <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 4 May 1994 14:20:39 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0394  Qs: Polonius's Name
 
(2)     From:   William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
        Date:   Wednesday, 04 May 1994 17:35:45 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: Orsino as Character
 
(3)     From:   William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
        Date:   Wednesday, 04 May 1994 17:32:13 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: Lights on Stage
 
(4)     From:   Constance Relihan <RELIHAN@AUDUCVAX.BITNET>
        Date:   Thursday, 5 May 1994 06:45 CST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0393  Re: Teaching
 
 
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From:           Stephen Orgel <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 May 1994 14:20:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 5.0394  Qs: Polonius's Name
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0394  Qs: Polonius's Name
 
Re Polonius: he is not Corambis in the source, whatever that may be, but in Q1,
where Reynaldo is also Montano. The most plausible explanation is given by
Hibbard in the Oxford Shakespeare introduction, p. 74-- that Q1 derives from a
performing version for Oxford: Polonius would be the Latin version of Pullen,
founder of the university, and Reynaldo that of John Rainoldes, head of Corpus
Christi, the notorious anti-theatrical pamphleteer. These would therefore be
names to be avoided.
 
S. Orgel
 
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From:           William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
Date:           Wednesday, 04 May 1994 17:35:45 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Re: Orsino as Character
 
Terence Hawkes tells us that Orsino does not exist and has no character. I say
that Orsino IS a character, and he exists every time TN is performed. I know.
I've seen him with my own eyes, and heard him too.
 
Yours, naively, Bill Godshalk
 
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From:           William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
Date:           Wednesday, 04 May 1994 17:32:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Re: Lights on Stage
 
My friend Keith Brown has an interesting essay on lighting, "More light, more
light," ESSAYS IN CRITICISM, 34 (1984), 1-13, where he notes, "even before
October was over the autumn sun would actually have been below the horizon
before the end of many afternoon playhouse performances" (2). And so, when
OTHELLO was performed at the Globe (and I assume that it was), the last act
would have been done in comparative darkness. When Othello blows out the
candle, the audience may hear more than it sees. Keith meditates on these
possibilities -- as darkness falls in the playhouse.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 
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From:           Constance Relihan <RELIHAN@AUDUCVAX.BITNET>
Date:           Thursday, 5 May 1994 06:45 CST
Subject: 5.0393  Re: Teaching
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0393  Re: Teaching
 
Re: Peter Novak's remarks about an ASL videotaped version of _Tempest_ 1.2.
 
Is the tape widely available? Can you provide the list with information on
obtaining it? My advanced Shakespeare class will be discussing _Tempest_
in three weeks (while all you folks who are not on the quarter system are
already basking on the beach), and I think they'd find it fascinating.
 
--Constance C. Relihan
Auburn University
 

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