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Qs: Late Romances; Curses and Cursing
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0458.  Thursday, 26 May 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Patricia Buchanan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 May 1994 12:46:21 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   [Late Romances]
 
(2)     From:   Matthew Westcott Smith <V109LV3R@UBVMS.BITNET>
        Date:   Wednesday, 25 May 1994 17:23:34 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Curses and Cursing
 
 
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From:           Patricia Buchanan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 May 1994 12:46:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        [Late Romances]
 
I am working on Shakespeare's late romances (specifically Pericles, Cymbeline,
Winter's Tale, and Tempest) and would be grateful for any suggstions on two
separate research issues.
 
1. I am interested the motif of abandonment that appears in these four plays,
especially children abandoned by fathers.  Can anyone suggest where this motif
appears outside Shakespeare?  I'm new to this; has this topic been done to
death?
 
2.  I'd also like to look at what the old historical critics did in light of
new historicism.  Any suggstions?
                                        Patricia Buchanan
                                        English Department
                                        Salem State College
                                        
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From:           Matthew Westcott Smith <V109LV3R@UBVMS.BITNET>
Date:           Wednesday, 25 May 1994 17:23:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Curses and Cursing
 
I am currently working on a book length treatment of *Richard III*, which
includes a discussion of the problem of the women's curses, and cursing more
generally.  In this regard, I would appreciate any comments on the following
items:
 
[1] To my knowledge, no other play in the corpus contains so many prominent
curses and references to curses. I must admit that, not having read the
_entire_ corpus, that I wonder if I might be missing something. Does anyone
know of other prominent treatments in the corpus, particularly those involving
women?
 
[2] I am also looking for suggestions on sources that might have treated the
problem of cursing in general, and in the corpus.
 
Thanks in advance,
 
Matthew Westcott Smith
Dept of Political Science
SUNY at Buffalo
 

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