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Re: Parallel Scenes; Modern Editions; Osric
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0248.  Thursday, 20  February 1997.

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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 1997 08:10:20 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0233 Re: Parallel Scenes

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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 1997 16:47 -0500
        Subj:   Mod. Eds.

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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 1997 19:00:47 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Osric is a Man


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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 1997 08:10:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0233 Re: Parallel Scenes
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0233 Re: Parallel Scenes

I believe that while I was looking at the web site for SHAKESPEARE
Magazine, which is quite interesting by the way, there was a list of
movies and there correlation to S.'s plays.  It might be worth the look
for some scene comparisons.

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From:           Jimmy Jung <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 1997 16:47 -0500
Subject:        Mod. Eds.

I'm catching up on back traffic, but with regard to editions, this
appeared a few years ago:

Which Shakespeare? : A User's Guide to Editions
by Ann Thompson, Thomas L. Berger, A.R. Braunmuller, Philip Edwards
Published by Open Univ Pr
Publication date: January 1992
ISBN: 0335090354

For me, I prefer the Oxford when I can find it.

jimmy

PS: Does anyone know of an accessible copy of Chimes at Midnight
floating around the Washington DC area?; Fairfax County Libraries don't
have it.

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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 1997 19:00:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Osric is a Man

While it has been done, to my mind to death, effeminate Osrics don't
really give the poor fop his due.  We make the same mistakes with
characters from the Restoration, forgetting that all the affectations of
speech were used by men in an attempt to appear superior, and hence more
attractive to the _opposite_ sex.

Hamlet tortures him over his hat because a) he can, and b) because Osric
cannot wear his hat in the presence of royalty, it's just not done.  His
high-falutin language is a front for a very weak mind, but weak minds
are in abundance among the male population (as women on this list may
easily attest, from their own experience), and not necessarily a sign of
sexual preference.

The Shakespeare Rep had a fine Osric, Joe Foust, who was very much a
normal guy, with obnoxious pretensions.  Pulled a neat trick with the
hat when he put it back on to leave, too.

Better than Robin Williams, IMHO, but that's purely subjective.

Andy White
Arlington, VA
 

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