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Re: Female Lear; Regan; Shrew; Desdemona's Guilt;
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0290.  Friday, 28 February 1997.

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Feb 1997 04:40:03 -0500
        Subj:   Female Hamlet

[2]     From:   Jameela Ann Lares <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Feb 1997 17:06:27 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Regan

[3]     From:   Kezia Vameter Sproat <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Feb 1997 05:38:47 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0186 Q: Shrew

[4]     From:   Evelyn Gajowski <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Feb 1997 13:44:38 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0283 Qs: Desdemona's Guilt

[5]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Feb 1997 16:37:28 +0200
        Subj:   Re: Hamlet Sleeping with Ophelia...


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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Feb 1997 04:40:03 -0500
Subject:        Female Hamlet

A production of King Lear featuring Kathryn Hunter as the King has just
opened in Leicester.

Terence Hawkes

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From:           Jameela Ann Lares <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Feb 1997 17:06:27 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Regan

Thanks to Harry Hill for answers to my posting on Regan.  I've have
forwarded them on to my student.

Jameela Lares
University of So. Miss.

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From:           Kezia Vameter Sproat <
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Date:           Friday, 28 Feb 1997 05:38:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0186 Q: Shrew
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0186 Q: Shrew

Joanna Koskinen asked about Baptista and Kate. Coppelia Kahn wrote an
excellent article, I think in MLA or MLN, around 1974 that I think is
crucial for understanding that play.

No arcane reason is needed to explain the young woman's anger if you
recognize, as I believe Shakespeare recognized, that the traditional
power assigned to fathers for marrying off daughters is terribly
oppressive to daughters (women). It's a nasty business, one-half notch
up from selling slaves.

For that reason, to achieve a happy ending, in the comedies, heroines
are usually fatherless, or Daddy is off in the forest. That's necessary
so the female character on stage can be more than a puppet, can truly
act and interact. Somewhere early in Shrew, Baptista makes clear to
Petruchio that Kate will do her own choosing.

You could also look at my 1975 dissertation, not listed in the usual
feminist places.

Kezia Vameter Sproat

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From:           Evelyn Gajowski <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Feb 1997 13:44:38 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 8.0283 Qs: Desdemona's Guilt
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0283 Qs: Desdemona's Guilt

For Michelle Walker:

Check out the following for the variety of feminist readings of D as
subject/object and the text's gender politics generally: Dympna
Callaghan's *Woman and Gender in Renaissance Tragedy*; Irene Dash's
*Wooing, Wedding, and Power*; Shirley Garner's "S's Desdemona," *S
Studies* 9; Gayle Greene's "'This that you call love': Social and Sexual
Tragedy in *Othello,* *Journal of Women's Studies in Literature* 1;
Coppelia Kahn's *Man's Estate*; Carol Neely's *Broken Nuptials*;
Marianne Novy's *Love's Argument*, Mary Beth Rose's *The Expense of
Spirit*; my *The Art of Loving*.  Don't recall offhand, of course,
whether each of the above deals with D's final lines per se.  You should
also be able to find lots of more recent stuff as well -- feminist
Shakespeareans keep returning to that text again and again.

Regards,
Evelyn Gajowski

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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Feb 1997 16:37:28 +0200
Subject:        Re: Hamlet Sleeping with Ophelia...

>The best answer ever given on this topic was by John Barrymore, who when
>asked this burning question, replied : " Only in the Chicago company"
>
>Cheers...Mark Mann

This story was on the SHAKSPER Listserv about a year ago and the reply
was "Only in Cleveland".

Cheers, Mark,
John Velz
 

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