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Re: Discrepant Awareness
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 728. Wednesday, 27 September 1995
 
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Sep 1995 09:25:54 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   discrepant awareness
 
(2)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Sep 1995 15:59:41 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0719  Qs: Discrepent Awareness
 
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Sep 1995 09:25:54 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        discrepant awareness
 
The phrase "discrepant awareness," which popped up in Ruth Nevo's head may have
arrived there from Bertrand Evans' _Shakespeare's Comedies_ (Oxford, 1960).
Evans certainly has much to say about the concept and I think he uses the
phrase itself.
                                   --Ron Macdonald
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Sep 1995 15:59:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0719  Qs: Discrepent Awareness
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0719  Qs: Discrepent Awareness
 
Discrepant Awareness, as far as I know, was (is?) Bertrand Evans's baby, and he
traced the concept through Shakespeare's comedies.
 
But back to owe/own, I just finished reading (again) BEOWULF, and it seems to
me that the double meaning is surely inherent in that poem, which supposedly
has a pre-feudal setting  The rituals of giving and receiving seem to play with
the paradox of what you own you actually owe, as the Ring-Giver who apparently
owns the tribal wealth gives that wealth away (owes it) to his private army.
In turn, the thanes who now own the wealth owe allegiance to the Ring-Giver.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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