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Qs: AYI; Lear; Ant.; Mac.; RSC MND
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0843.  Friday, 15 November 1996.

(1)     From:   Christine Jacobson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 14 Nov 1996 19:04:50 -0700
        Subj:   AYLI And Courtly-love poem parodies

(2)     From:   Jennifer Kordus <
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        Date:   Thursday, 14 Nov 1996 21:50:31 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Abdication and Madness

(3)     From:   Shaune G. Wunder <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Nov 1996 16:30:02 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Antony and Cleopatra

(4)     From:   Jan Stirm <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Nov 1996 11:07:21 -0600
        Subj:   *Macbeth* and theater superstitions

(5)     From:   Naomi Kirby <
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        Date:   Saturday, 16 Nov 1996 07:09:49 +1100
        Subj:   RSC Dream


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From:           Christine Jacobson <
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Date            Thursday, 14 Nov 1996 19:04:50 -0
Subject:        AYLI And Courtly-love poem parodies

In "As You Like It", Celia reads aloud a poem written by Orlando to Rosalind.
It began like this:

        >Why should this a desert be
        >For it is unpeopled? No.
        >Tongues I'll hang on every tree
        >That shall civil sayings show
        >Some,how brief the life of man
        >Runs his erring pilgrimage
        (and so on....).

Along with the exaggerated expressions of devotion and references to Classic
Mythology and Classic history heroines, Atlanta, Cleopatra, Lucretia, etc. I
took this poem as a parody of the courtly love poems written in Renaissance
times.  I know I am a novice in the study of Shakespeare, but is my observation
correct.  I have heard that this play is also taken from a tale, "Rosalynda"
from Shakespeare's times, but do any of you Shaksper members out there have a
better idea than I currently have of the poems that this one of Orlando's is a
parody of?  It would help me understand the satire in this play much more
clearly.  Thanks.

Christine J.

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From:           Jennifer Kordus <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Nov 1996 21:50:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Abdication and Madness

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I am writing a graduate paper for a Shakespeare class on Lear's madness.  From
my 20th century perspective, I see a connection between Lear abdicating his
throne and his later madness as a form of identity crisis.  However, I have
found nothing in the 16th century literature that connects abdication with
madness.  I am wondering whether there is anything in the literature on this
that I have missed.  I will be grateful for any help.

Thank you,
Jenna Kordus

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From:           Shaune G. Wunder <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Nov 1996 16:30:02 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Antony and Cleopatra

Hello,

I am currently working on a research paper for my Theatre History class on
Antony and Cleopatra. Here at the University of Minnisota Morris.

Two areas have become of great interest to me and I hope I can get some imput
and or direction to more information concerning them.

One is. Could Shakespeare have  been aware at the time of the writing of A + C.
Of the declining of England's rule from Elizebeth I to James, to  be able to
compare it to the Rome Republic decline to Imperial Rome?

Two is. Has there been any written response to Irene G. Dash's Wooing, Wedding,
and Power: Women In Shakespear? If so please share.

Thank you,
Shaune G.Wunder

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From:           Jan Stirm <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Nov 1996 11:07:21 -0600
Subject:        *Macbeth* and theater superstitions

Dear SHAKSPERians,

I have a student who's interested in writing a paper on theater superstitions
about *Macbeth*; but we're having trouble finding information on how these get
started and what's been done on them. Can anyone help us out with suggestions
of things she should read (rather than with tales from the trenches).

Thanks, Jan Stirm

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From:           Naomi Kirby <
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Date:           Saturday, 16 Nov 1996 07:09:49 +1100
Subject:        RSC Dream

G'day!  I'm looking for information concerning the RSC Dream in Australia. We
read a (very) brief article which said it was coming to Perth, I think, but we
didn't get the information.  Anyone know any more about it?  I'm trying to
convince my husband that a trip to Perth is on the books!

Thanks!

Naomi Kirby

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