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Re: Hamlet, Luther, and Faustus at Wittenberg
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0845.  Thursday, 26 October 1995.
 
(1)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 Oct 1995 15:46:40
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0833  Re: Hamlet, Luther, and Faustus at Wittenberg
 
(2)     From:   Antoine Goulem <goua@alcor.concordia>
        Date:   Wednesday, 25 Oct 1995 16:07:54 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0838 Re: Hamlet, Luther, and Faustus at Wittenberg
 
 
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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 Oct 1995 15:46:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0833  Re: Hamlet, Luther, and Faustus at Wittenberg
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0833  Re: Hamlet, Luther, and Faustus at Wittenberg
 
Thanks to all those who responded to my request for the article on Hamlet and
Luther.  An hour ago, I found the place where Robert Rentoul Reed, Jr. refers
to Hamlet and Luther.  Although Luther does not appear in the Index, Reed's
*Crime and God's Judgment in Shakespeare* (Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1984),
contains the following: "Hamlet and Horatio . . . are students in Luther's
Wittenberg" (131).  Reed does not tell us the lectures that the two students
attended -- worst luck!
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 
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From:           Antoine Goulem <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 Oct 1995 16:07:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0838 Re: Hamlet, Luther, and Faustus at Wittenberg
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0838 Re: Hamlet, Luther, and Faustus at Wittenberg
 
The recent thread reminds of a whim I entertained while going through a
preproduction series of close readings of Hamlet.  I thought that it might be
interesting to play Hamlet as a completely unsympahtetic character. To show up
his selfishness, and his narcissism in all the many opportunities that the text
allows for.  To have him be the object of scorn and pity by all the members of
the court.  For instance, in the opening bit in which he has been called to the
ramparts by the sentinels, the scene could be played as though the guards were
openly taunting the self-indulgent, weak ex-heir to the throne.  The relation
between Gertrude and the King to be a very supportive one, and to show her
former husband to have been his son's father, i.e. self-involved and selfish. I
didn't work out any details, as, for among other reasons, none of the actors
were remotely interested in a _Hamlet_ in which Hamlet was a knob.  Has anyone
ever seen or know of a produciton in which any of this was attempted?
 
Antoine Goulem
 

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