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Qs: TN; Curse; Queer Theory; P. Lost; Rivals
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0882. Wednesday, 8 November 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Rod Osiowy <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Nov 1995 15:44:29 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: Twelfth Night
 
(2)     From:   Rick Robinson <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Nov 1995 22:36:13 -0500
        Subj:   Origin of the Curse of the "Scottish Play"
 
(3)     From:   Robert Dennis <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Nov 1995 08:14:00 -0500
        Subj:   [Q: Queer Theory]
 
(4)     From:   Leslie D. Harris <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Nov 1995 22:46:00 -0500
        Subj:   Critical Reading on Paradise Lost
 
(5)     From:   Milla Riggio <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 07 Nov 1995 20:46:11 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   [Q: *The Rivals*]
 
 
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From:           Rod Osiowy <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Nov 1995 15:44:29 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        Re: Twelfth Night
 
The discussion of which style of presentation is better, ie American, Canadian,
or UK style of Shakespeare is an interesting one.  I can't count the number of
truly aweful performances done in North America by people trying to emmulate
British accents.  Then again, the performances of the Bard's work by Canadians
and Americans done with local dialects, indigenous to North America have been
some of the most refreshing that I've seen.
 
I am currently searching for a video of Twelfth Night done in North America, on
stage.  Any production that has been innovative, distinct, and possibly
contemporized...and is of excellent quality is what I'm looking for.
 
Please e mail me direct if you can.
 
I couldn't get through to Nick, for the Hamlet line.  Please write back.
 
Thanks
RodO

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From:           Rick Robinson <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Nov 1995 22:36:13 -0500
Subject:        Origin of the Curse of the "Scottish Play"
 
I realize that this might just be a dumb (or repetitious) question, but the
local community theatre group I am involved in is staging the "Scottish Play"
in March.  I am intending to audition and am curious as to why it is considered
unlucky to mention the name of the play?  I believe there was a short thread on
one of the theatre/stagecraft usenets a while back, but I cannot find anything
on it.
 
I would also like to hear about anyone's 'experience' with the 'curse'.  I
think it would be amusing/interesting to present them to the director and cast
at the beginning of the rehearsal period.
 
Please forgive me if this sound frivilous (and also please forgive my abysmal
spelling), but I do ask this in all seriousness.
 
Thanks-- rick/kd4gnk
 
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From:           Robert Dennis <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Nov 1995 08:14:00 -0500
Subject:        [Q: Queer Theory]
 
I know that, "If you have to ask, you can't apply for the job," but can anyone
explain what 'queer theory' is, as in "queer theory and/or gender studies" in
the recent job announcement for the University of Miami?  Maybe it is the
particular juxtaposition, but there must be a better phrase available.
 
At extreme risk of being picky, I would like to point out to the Chair of an
English Department Search Committee that "dead line" is a phone or telegraph
line which does not work, while "deadline" is a time at which something is due.
 And, the final sentence of the job announcement is pretty much what a 10th
grade teacher would classify as a run-on sentence.
 
Bob Dennis

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From:           Leslie D. Harris <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Nov 1995 22:46:00 -0500
Subject:        Critical Reading on Paradise Lost
 
Hi, Folks.
 
Please forgive the cross-posting of this message, for those of you on both
Shaksper and Renais-L.  I thought I'd try to reach a wide audience for my
question.
 
I have a student doing an independent study on _Paradise Lost_.  She was
intrigued by the parallelism between heaven and hell in the poem, along with
the (alas, very traditional) idea of Satan's world as a perverse parody of
heaven.  I wanted to suggest some outside reading for her to do in order to
explore the topic (and perhaps to add complexity to it as well).
 
Can anyone suggest any excellent critical essays that might be helpful?
 
Thanks for your assistance.
Leslie Harris

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From:           Milla Riggio <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 Nov 1995 20:46:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        [Q: *The Rivals*]
 
Dear Shakespereans:
 
I'm looking for some half dozen of the best essays on Sheriday, specifically on
THE RIVALS, for a dramaturgical gig at the Hartford Stage Company.  We go into
rehearsal on Nov. 28 and are busily re-writing malapropisms at the moment.  If
you have favoriet authors on Sheridan, can you share them with me?  I need
program information, study guide essays, and so forth.
 
Thanks as usual.
Milla Riggio
 

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