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Re: *Oth.* Film; Subjectivity
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0401.  Thursday, 18 May 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Ellen Edgerton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 17 May 95 13:52 EDT
        Subj:   More *Othello* film news
 
(2)     From:   Jesus Cora <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 May 1995 16:51:06 UTC+0200
        Subj:   literature and subjectivity
 
 
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From:           Ellen Edgerton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 17 May 95 13:52 EDT
Subject:        More *Othello* film news
 
Irene Jacob (European actress, starred in Kieslowski's RED) is joining the cast
of this film.  (Maybe she will be Desdemona instead of Uma?) Director is Oliver
Parker, not Kenneth Branagh as previously reported.
 
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From:           Jesus Cora <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 May 1995 16:51:06 UTC+0200
Subject:        literature and subjectivity
 
Sorry I join in this discussion so late. I read Egan's statement on the
development of capitalism being the capital development in the Renaissance.
Well, I am sorry to dissent. I think the development of capitalism was only
secondary to the great event that changed mentalities at the end of the 16th
century, namely, the notion that the universe was not as Scholastics wanted it.
The works of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and others shattered the old,
medieval worldview and this commotion also influenced politics. Let me remind
you that the theory of correspondences established a parallelism between the
universe and human society. Kings (or Queens, remember Good Old Bess) were
equated to Gods as to the top places they occupied in the social hierarchy.
When the Scholastic and Old Philosophy hierarchies, degrees, classifications,
etc. were challenged the justification for absolutism was also challenged. If
one hierarchy, or order, rather, is proven not to be real, then, doubts as to
social hierarchies and organization begin to creep in our minds. It is in this
context of scientifical revolution and changing worldviews that the development
of capitalism must be articulated, but only as a secondary cause for the
development of a new subjectivity. Capitalism or proto- capitalism, helped to
alter the traditional views of social hierarchies, for it introduced social
mobility.
 
Someone -sorry about my bad memory- also mentioned that the word subjectivity
is a 19th-century coinage. Ok, but the feeling and the idea existed long before
that. Let me remind you, dear SHAKESPEReans that one of the Renaissance
commonplaces was 'Know thyself', i.e. know your own subjectivity -that is my
interpretation, anyway-.
 
I do not want to disparage marxist views, but there are more things in heaven
and earth than your *philosophy* can dream on.
 
And now a question: Is BRAVO available all over Europe? Is it an encripted
channel?
 
And now a moan: It is so frustrating living in a country where all those things
-videos, recordings, TV channels, etc.- are not widely available! Would anyone
swap English-American-Canadian-English-speaking- in-general videos for Spanish
ones (VHS system)?
 
        Rather enviously,
        Jesus Cora
        Universidad de Alcala de Henares
        
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