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Re: Was Shakespeare a Catholic?
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0471.  Monday, 12 June 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Chris Stroffolino <LS0796@ALBNYVMS.BITNET>
        Date:   Saturday, 10 Jun 1995 10:41:17 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0459  Re: Was Shakespeare a Catholic?
 
(2)     From:   David Wilson-Okamura <
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        Date:   Saturday, 10 Jun 1995 10:14:27 -0500
        Subj:   Was Shakespeare Catholic?
 
 
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From:           Chris Stroffolino <LS0796@ALBNYVMS.BITNET>
Date:           Saturday, 10 Jun 1995 10:41:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0459  Re: Was Shakespeare a Catholic?
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0459  Re: Was Shakespeare a Catholic?
 
Thank you Terence Ross for shedding light on this subject--- Though there are
"catholic" vs. "protestant" and even "puritan" debates and/or jokes in
Shakespeare--there of course are also the "pagan" tendencies that occue
alot--especially moreso in the comedies---and what do people make of the "last
supper" scene in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA--it could almost be considered
'sacriligous" to a hardcore religious--whether catholic or protestant--
Shakespeare's theatre does not seem to subordinate itself to any religion---Of
course, I may be bringing my 20th century prejudices into this--(be they
Wallace Stevens' views on the function of art "in the absence of a belief of a
god" or John Lennon's "the beatles are bigger than...")--but even John Skelton,
a man of the cloth as it were, preceding Shakespeare by a good 100 years,
seemed to get away with things that otherwise would have been considered heresy
in his writing---
 
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From:           David Wilson-Okamura <
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Date:           Saturday, 10 Jun 1995 10:14:27 -0500
Subject:        Was Shakespeare Catholic?
 
With regard to those who see the debate about Shakespeare's religious
affiliation as "so much ... fluff," "much art and little matter": if (as you
remind us) "Shakespeare had a broad focus in his work," why do you want to shut
down a conversation on one aspect of that work?  If you are not interested in
the question, it is very easy to delete the "Was Shakespeare Catholic" messages
without reading them.  There is no need to talk down to the rest of us who are
interested, as if we had not the intelligence to distinguish a good question
from a stupid one.
 
                                   Yours faithfully,
                                   David Wilson-Okamura
 

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