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Re: Female Artists; *Oth.* Film; Queer Theory
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0913.  Wednesday, 22 Nov.
1995.

(1)     From:   Florence Amit <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Nov 1995 07:30:52 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0907  Qs: Female Artists/Sh Themes;

(2)     From:   Elizabeth Blye Schmitt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Nov 1995 09:30:24 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Othello (the film)

(3)     From:   H Narushima <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 22 Nov 95 11:01:54 +0900
        Subj:   SHK 6.0908  Re: Queer Theory


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From:           Florence Amit <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Nov 1995 07:30:52 +0200
Subject: 6.0907  Qs: Female Artists/Sh Themes;
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0907  Qs: Female Artists/Sh Themes;

Dear Mr.Young,

I have conceived of some of my ceramic sculpture along the line that I
think is indicated in "Romeo and Juliet" and elsewhere which is that the
Tarot cards play a part in Shakespeare's conception of character (and
the role of chance here). Thus in line with the major arcana  of the
cards my "Hermit", Friar in the play, has the shape of the Hebrew letter
Yod. My "trickster", Iago has the convoluted shape of an alef. He bends
low and holds a dagger behind his back. I have also Chaucer's Prioress
and her ideal, The female Pope in the shapes of gimel and a rather
smallish empress: raash. (She would be Juliet though I did not try for
her here.) I also have a very good clown in a zero shape as the arcana
indicate. I have a wooden sculpture of the lovers: zien and other
various models not yet  realized. All these were originally inspired by
my insight of the Tarot source for "Romeo and Juliet". My husband is
about to install a scanner and then I will be able to send you pictures
if you wish.  Last year I exhibited and the work was well received.

                                            Yours,
                                            Florence Amit

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From:           Elizabeth Blye Schmitt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Nov 1995 09:30:24 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Othello (the film)

The November issue of PREMIERE published a brief preview/tease on the
upcoming film of OTHELLO. Thought you all might be interested in some of
the comments so that you might start sharpening your knives.

"[Director, Oliver} Parker's adaptation is about 70 percent his own,
with 30 percent of the Bard's words intact.

'We've had to cut quite a bit,' says [Laurence]Fishburne, who's taking
his first shot at Shakespeare.'Otherwise it would have been three hours
long.  There's quite a range of emotions to play. But this has given me
the courage to do the part on the stage someday.'

Parker's sights are still set on the screen,however.'I'm dying to see
whether the Shakespeare-authority-expert camp will find this movie
difficult to deal with,'he says,'because we've cut so much from the
original and were so radical in certain places.Or whether they'll just
enjoy the fact that we're doing something new. From my point of view,
I've quite enjoyed transforming it.'

And what about William--what would HE think?'I get a sense that
SHakespeare was a character who felt a greater responsibilty to the
audience than to the text.So I think he'd enjoy it. I HOPE he would.'"

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

>From the far fringes of the Shakespeare-authority-expert camp, Elizabeth Schmitt

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From:           H Narushima <
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Date:           Wednesday, 22 Nov 95 11:01:54 +0900
Subject: Re: Queer Theory
Comment:        SHK 6.0908  Re: Queer Theory

Yes, I agree with Prof. Gordon.  And I'd like to add Joseph A. Porter's
_Shakespeare's Mercutio_ to Prof. Green's list. This is a very important
book.

Fumiyuki Narushima, 
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