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Sorry; Queer Theory; Bloom; Marriage; Race; Prince
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0895.  Monday, 13 November 1995.
 
(1)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Nov 1995 16:19:23 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0885  Sorry: No apology Needed
 
(2)     From:   Robert Appelbaum <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Nov 1995 13:38:18 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Queer theory
 
(3)     From:   Nina Rulon-Miller <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Nov 95 21:47:42 EDT
        Subj:   Bloom on Shakespeare at Princeton
 
(4)     From:   Frank Whigham <
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        Date:   Saturday, 11 Nov 1995 07:16:40 -0600
        Subj:   virginity/potency proofs
 
(5)     From:   Bernie Folan <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Nov 95 11:27:41 gmt
        Subj:   Re: Othello and Ethnicity
 
(6)     From:   Harry Hill <HILHAR@CONU2.BITNET>
        Date:   Monday, 13 Nov 1995 13:36:59 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   The Prince's Choice
 
 
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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Nov 1995 16:19:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0885  Sorry: No apology Needed
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0885  Sorry: No apology Needed
 
o need for any apologies from Hardy or Tom about the mistaken posting.  At
least, you don't have to apologize to me. I take amusement from this kind of
mistaken posting.  Some years ago, on RENAIS-L, a mistaken invitation to lunch
was sent to the entire list.  Many of us joined in the fun -- requesting where
we should meet, suggesting restaurants all over the world, and so on. Of
course, some of the more serious folks objected to this frivolity and quit the
list.
 
It's certainly worth a try, he said with a wink.
 
Yours,  Bill Godshalk
 
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From:           Robert Appelbaum <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Nov 1995 13:38:18 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        Queer theory
 
Waiting for Mihoko Suzuki to defend herself against the bitter *ressentiment*
expressed in the query about queer theory and gender studies, I've kept silent.
 But since Professor Suzuki doesn't respond, and Stuart Rice's response, though
accurate, was somewhat thin, I would like to say, somewhat thickly, that you
will find the field of "gender studies," and its relation to feminism and queer
theory, mapped out in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, "Gender Criticism," in *Redrawing
the Boundaries,* ed. Stephen Greenblatt and Giles Gunn (New York: MLA, 1992).
Sedgwick notes that "gender criticism" hovers between feminist studies and
queer studies.  It is not, in Sedgwick's assessment, a discipline or a school
of thought so much as it is a way of interrogating things like disciplines and
schools of thought.  "'Gender criticism,'" she writes "might ... be taken to
mean ... not criticism *through* the categories of gender analysis but
criticism *of* them, the mapping of the fractal borderlines between gender and
its others." (p. 273)
 
The main theoretician of gender studies today, besides Sedgwick herself, is
probably Judith Butler.  Among Renaissance scholars, prominent voices include
Jonathan Goldberg.  In the spirit of its interrogative mission, the main
question of gender criticism might well be, as Sedgwick says, "What *isn't*
gender?"
 
Robert Appelbaum
 
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From:           Nina Rulon-Miller <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Nov 95 21:47:42 EDT
Subject:        Bloom on Shakespeare at Princeton
 
For those of you who can live near Princeton, NJ: The Tanner Lectures on Human
Values at Princeton U. this year are 11/15 "Shakespeare and the Value of
Personality," Harold Bloom; Discussants Robert Brustein and Stephen Greenblatt;
11/16 Bloom: Shakespeare and the Value of Love; Discussants, Stanley Cavell and
Lisa Jardine. Both are at 4:30 in McCosh 50.
 
Nina Rulon-Miller
 
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From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Saturday, 11 Nov 1995 07:16:40 -0600
Subject:        virginity/potency proofs
 
Michael Saenger writes: "In the Renaissance, the consummation of a marriage
would often be "announced" by hanging the blood-spotted sheets for a village to
see." What do folks know of English non-literary records of this and other such
practices?
 
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From:           Bernie Folan <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Nov 95 11:27:41 gmt
Subject:        Re: Othello and Ethnicity
 
Another useful source is an essay in the novelist Caryl Philips' "The European
Tribe" which is written on his stay in Venice.   Very interesting thoughts on
Venice and the otherness of Othello in Venice.
 
          Bernie Folan
 
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From:           Harry Hill <HILHAR@CONU2.BITNET>
Date:           Monday, 13 Nov 1995 13:36:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        The Prince's Choice
 
The compact disk with Prince Charles' favourite British actors, and his royal
self doing a perfectly credible and creditable Prince Hal as well as the late
Sir Robert Stephens playing Falstaff was in the U.K.last week, and is entitled
*The Prince's Choice*, and was produced specifically to irritate Terence
Hawkes. Sir Robert is not even the only theatrical knight on the disk. There'a
Dame Judy Dench, I believe, and Sir John Gielgud. Mind you, Terence Hawkes must
be annoyed that is there a CD of Shakespeare at all, I should imagine. One
wonders when he last heard any of the words.
 

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