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Re: *Shrew* Query
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0424.  Thursday, 12 May 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Jay Funston <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 11 May 1994 13:02:42 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0422  Q: *Shrew*
 
(2)     From:   Jean Peterson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 11 May 1994 16:46:20 -0400
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 May 1994 13:02:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0422  Q: *Shrew*
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0422  Q: *Shrew*
 
Carey Cummings
 
I'd suggest watching almost any modern production of the play to see what a
competent actress can do with Kate's speech at the end of _Shrew_.  She can
offer quite a lively picture of an unsubmissive but loving wife, or go to the
extent of complete satiric reversal of the literal sense.
 
                                        Jay Funston
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 May 1994 16:46:20 -0400
Subject: 5.0422  Q: *Shrew*
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0422  Q: *Shrew*
 
Reply to Carey Cummings:
-- Should I shelve this project and read another mystery?
 
My response is yes.  Your purpose seems redolent of what Linda Woodbridge
describes as the "Can this play be saved" response of critics who can't bear to
believe that their favorite author, on whom they have lavished so much time,
care and attention, could really have ended *Shrew* on a note so sour to
feminist consciousness (I paraphrase). Face the brutal truth that not even
computers can absolve "Shakespeare" (Stratford, Oxford, London committee, or
what you will...) of the play's ending (which has never seemed to me that far
off from the endings of the other comedies). Or as RSC actress Fiona Shaw said
of Act 5, scene 2, lines 136-179:"Lovely rhythm.  A shame about the words."
 
Jean Peterson
Bucknell University
 

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