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Home :: Archive :: 1995 :: April ::
Qs: Troilus and Cressida; Shakespeare and Africa
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0317.  Wednesday, 19 April 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Chris Stroffolino <LS0796@ALBNYVMS.BITNET>
        Date:   Tuesday, 18 Apr 1995 06:31:06 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Troilus and Cressida
 
(2)     From:   Marcello Cappuzzo <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 18 Apr 95 23:07:11 CEST
        Subj:   Shakespeare and Africa
 
 
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From:           Chris Stroffolino <LS0796@ALBNYVMS.BITNET>
Date:           Tuesday, 18 Apr 1995 06:31:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Troilus and Cressida
 
Dear SHAKESPERians--For the next several weeks I will be putting together a
paper on TROILUS AND CRESSIDA. As it seems to be shaping up now, I keep coming
back to the, to me, central issue of the thematic doubling of the characters
Cressida and Achilles. I know "character study" is suppossed to be out of
fashion today, but I wish to reconcile it with other approaches. One of the
central links between these two characters in the reading I'm proposing is that
they are more interested in appealing to THE BODY.... If anybody knows of any
recent work, or has done any recent work on this particular play---or even if
you just have some stray ideas--It'd be great to talk about it (whether on the
list or off it). Thanks, Chris Stroffolino
 
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From:           Marcello Cappuzzo <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Apr 95 23:07:11 CEST
Subject:        Shakespeare and Africa
 
I am currently working -- more precisely, *planning* to work -- on certain
aspects of Shakespeare's Africa (e.g., in 2HIV,V,iii,101: 'I speak of Africa
and golden joys').  At the basis of this idea, or perhaps behind it, is my
semiconscious aspiration to go on exploring the field of African literature and
culture without losing touch with the home field of Shakespeare, Milton, and
--in more general terms -- of Renaissance and Reformation studies.
 
So far, from the catalogues of my University, and from those I can gain access
to through Telnet, nothing has emerged on this particular subject except an
unpublished M.A. thesis (William Ellsworth Vincent's 'The golden bubble:  a
study of English interests in Africa to James I with particular reference to
Shakespeare,' UMaryland 1963) and Alan C. Dessen's chapter on 'The logic of
"place" and locale' in *Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters*
(1984).
 
Is it credible that nobody has published anything on "Shakespeare and Africa"
over the last ten years?
 
Any assistance, whatever its nature (bibliographical information, comment,
suggestion), will be greatly appreciated and, of course, duly and cheerfully
acknowledged.
 
Marcello Cappuzzo
University of Palermo
 

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