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Re: Merchant of Venice and Revenge; Parodies
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0637.  Saturday, 31 August 1996.

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        Date:   Friday, 30 Aug 1996 10:42:19 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0627 Re: Merchant of Venice and Revenge

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        Date:   Friday, 30 Aug 1996 17:00:51 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0635  Re: Parodies


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Date:           Friday, 30 Aug 1996 10:42:19 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 7.0627 Re: Merchant of Venice and Revenge
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0627 Re: Merchant of Venice and Revenge

On Mon, 26 Aug 1996, Bernice W. Kliman wrote:

<snip>
> Douce says, "[....] It will be readily conceded that there happily exist in
> the present moment but few remains of the illiberal prejudices complained
> of, the asterity of which has been greatly mitigated by the laudable and
> successful exertions of a modern dramatic writer, to whom the Jewish people
> are under the highest obligation" (1:292).
>
> Does anyone know who this "modern dramatic writer" might be?

Since the question is "might be", I'd guess Lessing.  I have no evidence for
this beyond the fact that _Nathan the Wise_ (1779), which preached universal
love between/among races, was both a popular and critical success not too long
prior to the quotation in question.

Rick Jones

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Date:           Friday, 30 Aug 1996 17:00:51 -0600
Subject: 7.0635  Re: Parodies
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0635  Re: Parodies

>The recent postings on parodies has brought out of the depths of my memory a
>'Li'l Abner' series from several decades ago.  'Li'l Abner', for those too
>young to remember, was a syndicated comic strip drawn by the cartoonist and
>social critic Al Capp.  The title character was the scion of a hillbilly family
>called the Yokums.  Daisy Mae, daughter of the Scragg family, was in love with
>Li'l Abner, in spite of the fact that the Yokums and the Scraggs were in a
>state of feud. I think it was in a dream sequence that the constellation was
>transplanted to renaissance Italy and a drama was woven around the relationship
>between Romeo Yokumgo and Juliet Scragglet.  This may have seen print before
>1950. The serious PhD student doing a thesis on parodies should be able to find
>out who syndicated the strip and would have an enjoyable time reading through
>the episodes till he found this one.

The Al Capp dailies are being reprinted in their totality by Kitchen Sink
Press.  They've gotten up to at least 1952, so the R &J sequence is probably
available.

Melissa Aaron
 

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