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Malfi Video; Jewish Othello; Info on CD-ROMS
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0173.  Wednesday, 6 March 1996.

(1)     From:   Harry Rusche <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Mar 1996 15:52:04 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0167 Re: Malfi Video

(2)     From:   Rebecca J. Shapiro <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Mar 96 23:00:07 EST
        Subj:   A Jewish Othello

(3)     From:   Shannon Murray <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 06 Mar 1996 08:58:19 -0400 (AST)
        Subj:   Re: Info on CD-ROMS


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This the information about _Duchess_ from the Emory University audio-visual
catalog:

     Personal author: Webster, John, 1580?-1625?
     Title: The Duchess of Malfi. [Videorecording] / John Webster ;
                      produced by BBC-TV and Time-Life Films, 1976.
     Physical description: 3 cassettes, 123 min. : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
     Series: Classic theatre. [Videorecording].
     Abstract: Webster's tragedy has a great deal of action and a
                      conclusion which finds most of the leading characters
                      dead.

I rather like the abstract!

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From:           Rebecca J. Shapiro <
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Mar 96 23:00:07 EST
Subject:        A Jewish Othello

I am not a member of this list, although I happened to be looking over the
shoulder of one when I read Florence Amit's post ruminating on Othello's
potential Jewishness.

While she is literally correct about the transliteration/translation of the
possible Hebrew morphemes "ot" meaning "sign," and "el" meaning "G-d," the word
"otello" could just as easily be broken into stems such as "o," "tel," and "o,"
which are not helpful to her theory. Additionally, the masculine ending "o" she
tacks on to the Hebrew instead suggests Romance languages.

At least until the nineteenth century, Jews, like other Orientals, were called
"blacks" and "Moors" and so to confuse the two is not unusual, especially if
they had Sephardic heritage. Perhaps she could clarify?

Rebecca Shapiro
Department of English
Purdue University

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From:           Shannon Murray <
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Date:           Wednesday, 06 Mar 1996 08:58:19 -0400 (AST)
Subject:        Re: Info on CD-ROMS

I've just noticed one reference in the University of Alberta's newsletter: a CD
Rom called *Playing Shakespeare: Text and Performance*.  It's apparently a
collaboration between the Open University BBC and the U. of A's drama
department.  More info is available on the WWW, and the home page's creator is
Prof. Stephen Reimer at the University of Alberta's English Department.
 

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