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Re: Iago's Homosexuality
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0257.  Saturday, 22 February 1997.

[1]     From:   R.D.H.Wells <
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        Date:   Friday, 21 Feb 1997 12:29:44 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0246 Re: Iago's Homosexuality

[2]     From:   Stephan B. Paragon <
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        Date:   Saturday, 22 Feb 1997 03:48:45 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0246 Re: Iago's Homosexuality


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From:           R.D.H.Wells <
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Date:           Friday, 21 Feb 1997 12:29:44 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 8.0246 Re: Iago's Homosexuality
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0246 Re: Iago's Homosexuality

Dear Trace Shelton,

On Thu, 20 Feb 1997, Terry Hawkes wrote:

>> Dear Trace Shelton: Your main problem lies in the term 'latent  homosexuality'... Some of the most interesting things about Shakespeare's audience are the ways which they're DIFFERENT from us.  Have a look at Bruce R. Smith's excellent 'Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's England" (Chicago 1991), especially pp. 61-4. > >

I wouldn't presume to say whether or not you have a problem. But you may
be interested in listening to both sides of this particular debate.
Terry Hawkes is undoubtedly right in saying that Elizabethan people are
different from us. But while they may talk differently, think
differently, feel differently, love differently from us, their
similarities to us are probably far greater than their differences.
While you are reading Bruce Smith you could also try the final chapter
of Steven Pinker's _The Language Instinct_ where he summarises Donald
Brown's _Human Universals_.  If there were no such thing as human nature
you would expect to find as many different forms of humanity as there
are human societies. But in fact behind anthropologists' accounts of the
strange behaviour of foreign peoples there are clearly certain
universals of human behaviour. These include:  'Value placed on
articulateness. Gossip. Lying. Misleading.  Verbal humor.  Poetic and
rhetorical speech forms. Narrative and storytelling. Metaphor.  Poetry
with repetition of linguistic elements and three-second lines separated
by pauses ...' [the list goes on for another half page).

Good reading,
Robin Headlam Wells

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Date:           Saturday, 22 Feb 1997 03:48:45 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0246 Re: Iago's Homosexuality
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0246 Re: Iago's Homosexuality

Othello... (o.j) all the same.
 

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