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Qs: Italian Merchants; Desdemona's Death; Happy *Lr.*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0851.  Saturday, 29 October 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Charles S. Ross <
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        Date:   Friday, 27 Oct 1995 09:26:02 -0500
        Subj:   Re:  SHK 6.0840  Re: Ghost of Banquo
 
(2)     From:   Scott Purdy <
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        Date:   Friday, 27 Oct 1995 07:11:46 -0400
        Subj:   SHAKESPEARE Desdemona's Death
 
(3)     From:   Karen Krebser <
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        Date:   Friday, 27 Oct 95 14:34:38 -0700
        Subj:   Lear as a happy play???
 
 
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From:           Charles S. Ross <
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Date:           Friday, 27 Oct 1995 09:26:02 -0500
Subject: 6.0840  Re: Ghost of Banquo
Comment:        Re:  SHK 6.0840  Re: Ghost of Banquo
 
A colleague has asked me for a reference describing the Italian merchant
community in England in Shakespeare time. Was there an expulsion? Can anyone
help?
 
Charles Ross
 
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From:           Scott Purdy <
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Date:           Friday, 27 Oct 1995 07:11:46 -0400
Subject:        SHAKESPEARE Desdemona's Death
 
I'm not sure what the list is for, but I do have a question to throw out. In a
discussion with my high school seniors, the question of Desdemona's death by
suffocation and then her subsequent ability to take the blame of her death upon
herself came up. Here's our problem: what medical explanation can be made for
suffocating, then being able to speak, and then dying?
 
Although we're not experts on suffocation, we had trouble creating a physical
explanation unless Othello again places the pillow over her. What have we
missed? How can she speak and then die of suffocation unless she is attacked
again? Neither the new or old Folger editions, nor the Riverside edition that
we use gave us stage directions that helped. We thought of thematic reasons to
let Desdemona forgive Othello, but not any medical ones.
 
Answers? (We are particularly interested in hearing about the ways this scene
has been, or could be, staged.)
 
Thanks for your help on what may seem a mundane topic to some, but is the
object of a hot debate among my students,
 
Scott Purdy
 
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From:           Karen Krebser <
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Date:           Friday, 27 Oct 95 14:34:38 -0700
Subject:        Lear as a happy play???
 
Hello, everyone. In class last night I heard that, sometime after the
restoration, "Lear" was rewritten with a happy ending and played that way until
the early twentieth century. During this time, the play was still passed off as
Shakespeare's. Now, what exactly my professor meant by "happy ending" is
unclear (i.e., Cordelia/Virtue lives?), but the whole concept of what appears
to be a *major* rewrite of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies just blows
my mind... does anybody else have any further info. on this, or favorite
sources?
 
Thanks,
Karen

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