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Re: *Rom.*; *Ham.*; *Cor.*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0391.  Tuesday, 16 May 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Phyllis Rackin <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 May 1995 10:27:56 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0385  Qs: *Rom.*
 
(2)     From:   David M Richman <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 May 1995 12:50:00 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Notes on Verona, Elsinore, and Corioli
 
 
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Date:           Monday, 15 May 1995 10:27:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0385  Qs: *Rom.*
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0385  Qs: *Rom.*
 
I don't remember whether I responded to the original request, but if I didn't,
here's my all-time favorite: Dympna Callaghan's "The Ideology of Romantic Love:
The Case of *Romeo and Juliet,* in *The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and
Feminist Politics* by Dympna Callaghan, Lorraine Helms and Jyotsna Singh
(Blackwell, 1994)
 
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From:           David M Richman <
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Date:           Monday, 15 May 1995 12:50:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Notes on Verona, Elsinore, and Corioli
 
This posting is what comes of reading several dozen SHAKSPER postings in a row
when one is punchy (reeling?) with semester's end anomie. First, my favorite
pieces on R. and J. (as per Milla Riggio's request) remain Susan Snyder's
discussions in *The Comic Matrix in Shakespeare's Tragedies*, Princeton, 1979;
also Steve Urkowitz's essay that turned up right here on the SHAKSPER
fileserver on Textual Di(Per)versity.  I am myself preparing a production of R.
and J. that must travel, and I will base it on Q1.  Steve Urkowitz's comments
on that text's version of the pre-nuptial scene with Romeo, Juliet, and the
Friar is worth several hundred thousand pages of the latest -ism.
 
On favorite Hamlets, the best Claudius and Gertrude of my experience were James
Earl Jones and Colleen Dewhurst, in a Joe Papp production in the Park in 1972.
Raoul Julia was a wonderful Osric.  Jones and Dewhurst were so energetic,
sexual, passionately alive that one wanted the rather cold and feckless Hamlet
to die early and let them get on with them.
 
With all this talk about Burton's *Hamlet*, let me say a word about the Caedmon
recording of *Coriolanus* with Burton, Jessica Tandy, and Michael Hordern.
Definitive.  The boy soldier, cracking out orders and insults at top speed,
with impeccable diction.  Some of the best verse speaking that can ever
pleasure the ear.
 
David Richman
University of New Hampshire
 

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